Wendell Baker: ‘Double jeopardy’ pensioner rapist cleared for release – BBC News

Posted May 21st, 2020 in double jeopardy, news, parole, rape, release on licence by sally

‘A man convicted of beating and raping a pensioner has been cleared for release from prison by the Parole Board.’

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BBC News, 19th May 2020

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Parole Hearings – consideration of unproven allegations (Morris v Parole Board) – Georgia Beatty & Joe O’Leary for Lexis Nexis PSL – 5SAH

Posted April 16th, 2020 in chambers articles, news, parole by sally

‘A Parole Board is not only entitled to consider unproven criminal allegations made against the prisoner, but is expected to do so. The 2019 ‘Guidance on Allegations’ issued by the Secretary of State for Justice (SSJ) is consistent with decided authority and is not unlawful. ‘Mere allegations’ with no evidential basis whatsoever should not be considered. However, where there is sufficient evidential material for a Board to make ‘at least some findings of fact’, an unproven allegation should be taken into account as part of the Board’s overall risk assessment. The strength or weakness of the supporting material will go to the weight that a Board is entitled to place on the allegation in that assessment. Consideration of unproven allegations is subject to relevance and the overriding requirement that a Parole Board must act fairly.’

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5SAH, 8th April 2020

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The Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill – Pump Court Chambers

Posted March 31st, 2020 in bills, chambers articles, early release, news, parole, recidivists, terrorism by sally

‘The Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill was introduced into Parliament on the 3rd February 2020, as ‘emergency legislation’ in response to the Streatham Hill terrorist attack that took place on 2nd February 2020. This terrorist incident followed two other attacks by men who had also been convicted of terrorism offences and had recently been released from prison.’

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Pump Court Chambers, 30th March 2020

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Coronavirus: Inmates could be freed to ease virus pressure on jails – BBC News

‘The government is considering releasing some offenders from prisons in England and Wales to ease pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic.’

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BBC News, 25th March 2020

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De-radicalisation approach needs ‘fundamental review’ – Prison Officers’ Association – BBC News

Posted March 10th, 2020 in news, parole, prison officers, prisons, rehabilitation, terrorism by tracey

‘The Prison Officers’ Association has called for a “fundamental review” of the UK’s de-radicalisation programmes.’

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BBC News, 10th March 2020

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Serial rapist Joseph McCann could have been put back in prison weeks before rampage, report reveals – The Independent

Posted March 6th, 2020 in child abuse, news, parole, prisons, probation, rape, recidivists, sexual offences by tracey

‘A serial rapist who attacked a string of victims aged between 11 and 71 could have been jailed weeks before he started the rampage, a report has revealed.’

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The Independent, 5th March 2020

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UK freed 42 terrorists in year before law to detain extremists for longer – The Guardian

Posted March 6th, 2020 in news, parole, prisons, probation, proscribed organisations, statistics, terrorism by tracey

‘More than 40 convicted terrorists were released from prison in the year before emergency legislation was introduced to keep jailed extremists locked up for longer, figures reveal, while the number of far-right detainees has surged.’

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The Guardian, 5th March 2020

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Victims given right to challenge attackers’ release from prison in new code – The Independent

‘Victims of violent and sexual offences are being given the automatic right to challenge their attackers’ release and apply for restrictions to protect themselves.’

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The Independent, 5th March 2020

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New Act – legislation.gov.uk

Posted February 27th, 2020 in legislation, parole, release on licence, terrorism by tracey

Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Act 2020

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Automatic early release of terrorists ends – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 27th, 2020 in bills, parole, press releases, release on licence, terrorism by tracey

‘The automatic early release of terrorist offenders will end as emergency legislation to ensure the public is protected receives Royal Assent.’

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Ministry of Justice, 26th February 2020

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Longer jail time for terrorists could backfire, says watchdog – The Guardian

Posted February 20th, 2020 in bills, news, parole, release on licence, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘Emergency plans to increase the minimum time terrorists serve in jail risk being counterproductive because of the danger that prisoners will be further radicalised behind bars, the official watchdog has said.’

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The Guardian, 19th February 2020

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Streatham attack: Bill stopping early release of jailed terrorists passes unopposed in Commons – The Independent

Posted February 13th, 2020 in bills, news, parole, release on licence, sentencing, terrorism by tracey

‘Boris Johnson’s emergency legislation preventing automatic early release for terrorists halfway through their prison sentences has cleared all its stages in the Commons without a vote.’

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The Independent, 12th February 2020

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Urgent crackdown on terror sentences will affect about 50 inmates – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2020 in news, parole, release on licence, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘About 50 prisoners convicted of terror offences will no longer be automatically freed halfway through their sentences, under emergency government legislation designed to prevent further jihadi attacks by recently released inmates.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2020

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Helen McCourt killer’s release confirmed as mother loses legal bid – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2020 in bereavement, bills, disclosure, families, murder, news, parole, victims by sally

‘The killer of Helen McCourt is due to be freed from prison next week despite never revealing where he hid her remains.’

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The Guardian, 5th February 2020

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Rush to change sentencing laws before release of convicted terrorists – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2020 in bills, news, parole, release on licence, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘Emergency terrorism laws announced after the Streatham attack could be pushed through parliament by 27 February – just one day before a convicted terrorist who disseminated Islamic State propaganda via Twitter is due for automatic release.’

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The Guardian, 5th February 2020

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Helen McCourt murderer Ian Simms to be released imminently – BBC News

Posted February 5th, 2020 in bereavement, bills, disclosure, families, murder, news, parole by tracey

‘A man jailed over the murder of a 22-year-old woman is due to be freed from prison imminently despite never revealing where he hid her remains.’

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BBC News, 4th February 2020

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No terrorism offenders to be released without review, says minister – The Guardian

Posted February 4th, 2020 in news, parole, recidivists, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘The government has responded to the knife attack in Streatham by announcing sweeping legal changes to prevent the automatic release of terrorist offenders.’

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2020

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Helen McCourt’s family seek urgent judicial review to prevent release of killer who never revealed location of her body – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 10th, 2020 in bills, disclosure, families, judicial review, murder, news, parole, victims by tracey

‘The family of Helen McCourt are seeking an urgent judicial review to prevent her killer being released from prison despite never revealing where he hid her body.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th January 2020

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‘Helen’s Law’ returns to Parliament – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 9th, 2020 in bills, child abuse, disclosure, murder, parole, press releases, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘Murderers and paedophiles who refuse to disclose information about their victims could spend longer behind bars as a bill to enact “Helen’s Law” enters Parliament today (8 January 2020).’

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Ministry of Justice, 8th January 2020

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Helen McCourt murderer Ian Simms set to be released – BBC News

Posted January 9th, 2020 in imprisonment, murder, news, parole, victims by tracey

‘A man jailed over the 1988 murder of Helen McCourt is to be released after an appeal to keep him behind bars was rejected.’

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BBC News, 8th January 2020

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