Prisoners serving sentences with no clear end is a stain on British justice – it also amounts to torture – Alice Edwards – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2024 in human rights, imprisonment, news, parole, sentencing, torture, United Nations by sally

‘As a UN expert on psychological torture, I’ve asked peers to reconsider the IPP sentences still affecting thousands in jail.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2024

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Nearly 3,000 people are languishing in jail unfairly. We must set them free – Bob Neill – The Guardian

Posted May 2nd, 2024 in imprisonment, news, parole, select committees, sentencing by sally

‘There is consensus in parliament that indeterminate sentences are unjust. So why is the government dragging its heels?’

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The Guardian, 2nd May 2024

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Prisoner held indefinitely refused parole after making landmark public bid for freedom – The Independent

Posted March 28th, 2024 in dangerous offenders, imprisonment, news, parole, private hearings by tracey

‘A parole board has refused to release a prisoner trapped under an abolished indefinite jail term described as “torture”. Earlier this month Nicholas Bidar became the first IPP prisoner to have his parole bid held in public after new laws came into force to increase transparency around parole decisions.’

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The Independent, 27th March 2024

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Prisoner describes ‘torture’ of indefinite jail term as he makes landmark public parole bid – The Independent

Posted March 11th, 2024 in human rights, imprisonment, mental health, news, parole, prisons by tracey

‘The first IPP prisoner to have his parole bid held in public has revealed how each day is “torture” serving a sentence with no release date.’

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The Independent, 10th March 2024

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Joanna Simpson: Wife killer loses bid for release from prison – BBC News

Posted February 29th, 2024 in appeals, domestic violence, homicide, news, parole by sally

‘A man who killed his millionairess wife with a claw hammer has lost a court bid to be freed from prison.’

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BBC News, 28th February 2024

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Mother of Colin Pitchfork victim dismayed as he wins new release hearing – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2024 in appeals, murder, news, parole, rape by tracey

‘The mother of one of Colin Pitchfork’s victims has expressed her anger after the rapist and murderer won an appeal for a fresh parole hearing to determine whether he should be released from prison.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2024

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MoJ changes to indefinite jail sentences do not go far enough, says UN expert – The Guardian

‘A UN torture expert has said changes to the imprisonment for public protection (IPP) scheme in England and Wales do not go far enough and repeated her call for prisoners jailed under the indefinite sentencing regime to be granted release dates.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2024

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Judge refuses to redact civil servants’ names in JR of Parole Board recommendation for long-serving prisoner – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 9th, 2024 in anonymity, civil servants, judgments, news, parole, rape by tracey

‘A High Court judge has said there was no “legitimate reason” to anonymise civil servants in a judgment concerning the parole of a rapist who has spent 41 years in prison. Declining a request to redact the names of junior civil servants, the Honourable Justice Fordham said nobody would be imperilled by his decision.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th January 2024

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James Bulger killer refused prison release by Parole Board – The Independent

‘Child killer Jon Venables has lost a Parole Board bid to be freed from jail. The 41-year-old, who tortured and murdered two-year-old James Bulger in 1993, still poses a danger to children and could go on to offend again, the Parole Board concluded.’

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The Independent, 14th December 2023

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Colin Pitchfork: Double child murderer denied prison release – BBC News

Posted December 7th, 2023 in children, dangerous offenders, murder, news, parole by michael

‘[The Parole Board] had ruled Pitchfork could be released in June, but concerns about the danger he posed caused Justice Secretary Alex Chalk to intervene, making what is known as an “application for reconsideration” in July.’

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BBC News, 7th December 2023

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Reforms bring hope to rehabilitated people still serving abolished indefinite sentences – Ministry of Justice

‘Thousands of rehabilitated ex-prisoners serving long-since abolished indefinite sentences will become eligible to have their licence period terminated earlier as part of new reforms.’

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Ministry of Justice, 28th December 2023

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Domestic abuse: Stalker to be released despite being ruled unsafe – BBC News

Posted November 23rd, 2023 in coercive & controlling behaviour, domestic violence, news, parole, stalking by sally

‘A stalker who held his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint will be released from prison in February despite a parole board panel finding he was not safe to live in the community.’

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BBC News, 22nd November 2023

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Call for parole change after serial attacker jailed – BBC News

Posted October 13th, 2023 in attempted murder, news, parole, rape, recidivists, sexual offences by tracey

‘The case of a sex offender who attacked a woman in her 70s just months after he was released from prison shows the parole system needs reforming, an MP said.’

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BBC News, 12th October 2023

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Joanna Simpson: Government blocks wife killer’s automatic release – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2023 in dangerous offenders, domestic violence, homicide, news, parole by sally

‘A man who killed his wife with a claw hammer has had his automatic release from prison blocked by the government.’

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BBC News, 12th October 2023

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Murderer denied release after refusing to say where wife’s body hidden – The Guardian

Posted September 27th, 2023 in disclosure, imprisonment, married persons, murder, news, parole, prisons by sally

‘A man jailed for murdering his estranged wife 20 years ago who still refuses to say where he hid her body is not safe to be released from prison, the Parole Board has said.’

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The Guardian, 26th September 2023

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Child killer Colin Pitchfork’s release from prison put on hold – The Guardian

Posted July 31st, 2023 in children, murder, news, parole by tracey

‘The double child killer Colin Pitchfork has had his release from prison put on hold after a judge decided the decision to free him should be reviewed.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2023

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Justice secretary asks for review of child murderer’s release from prison – The Guardian

‘The justice secretary has asked the Parole Board to reconsider its decision to allow the double child-killer Colin Pitchfork to be released from prison.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2023

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Serial killer Levi Bellfield wins battle to marry in prison – The Independent

‘Serial killer Levi Bellfield is to be allowed to marry after prison officials accepted there is no way to stop him under current laws.’

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The Independent, 16th June 2023

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Serial rapist Andrew Barlow recalled to prison weeks after release – BBC News

Posted May 15th, 2023 in imprisonment, news, parole, prisons, rape, sexual offences by tracey

‘A man who was jailed for 13 rapes has been recalled to prison just weeks after being released.’

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BBC News, 13th May 2023

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Protection of the public and the retrospective application of penalties – UK Human Rights Blog

‘On 29 November 2019 Usman Khan attended a rehabilitation event at Fishmongers’ Hall and stabbed five people, two fatally. On 2 February 2020 Sudesh Amman attacked two passers-by in Streatham High Road with a knife before being shot dead by police. Both men had previously been convicted of terrorism offences. Both men had been automatically released on licence halfway through their custodial sentences.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th May 2023

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