HMP Wandsworth loses reform prison status – The Guardian

Posted June 5th, 2017 in London, news, prison officers, prisons, rehabilitation by tracey

‘The future of the government’s reform prisons has been thrown into doubt after Wandsworth prison, seen as the flagship of the scheme, lost its status and reverted back to a normal prison.’

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The Guardian, 4th June 2017

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Prisons violence is ‘out of control’, report warns – BBC News

Posted April 20th, 2017 in news, prison officers, prisons, reports, violence by sally

‘Violence is “spiralling out of control” in UK prisons and incidents are being under-reported, according to a European watchdog.’

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BBC News, 19th April 2017

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Inmate dies after prison officers kept him in wrist locks as he ‘foamed at the mouth’, jury finds – The Independent

Posted March 31st, 2017 in death in custody, inquests, news, prison officers, prisons, restraint by tracey

‘An inmate died after prison officers used unlawful force against him, a jury has found.’

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The Independent, 30th March 2017

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Gartree prison worker jailed for relationship with inmate – BBC News

Posted March 13th, 2017 in misfeasance in public office, news, prison officers, sentencing by sally

‘A prison instructor who kissed and exchanged love letters with a convicted murderer has been jailed for misconduct in a public office.’

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BBC News, 10th March 2017

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Government wins injunction to stop prison officers’ ‘plainly unlawful’ strike action – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 1st, 2017 in industrial action, injunctions, news, prison officers by sally

‘The Government has won a High Court bid to stop prison officers staging “plainly unlawful” industrial action.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st March 2017

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Government gains injunction to block prison staff industrial action – BBC News

Posted February 28th, 2017 in industrial action, injunctions, news, prison officers, prisons by tracey

‘The government has won a High Court injunction blocking industrial action by prison staff on Wednesday.’

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BBC News, 28th February 2017

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Illegal substances creating ‘violent and volatile’ prisons – BBC News

Posted February 9th, 2017 in drug abuse, news, prison officers, prisons, violence by sally

‘A “violent and volatile prison population” is being fuelled by better access to so-called legal highs, a union has said.’

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BBC News, 9th February 2017

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UK police accused of ignoring claims about abuse by prison staff – The Guardian

‘At least 14 former inmates of a detention centre who made allegations of historical sexual and physical abuse against prison officers claim that their complaints were ignored by police.’

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The Guardian, 5th February 2017

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Fewer prison officers and more assaults: how UK prison staffing has changed – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2016 in news, prison officers, prisons, violence by sally

‘This week’s walkouts by prison officers were in protest at staff shortages and escalating violence – and the data shows that the ratio of staff to offenders has indeed dropped in the last few years.’

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The Guardian, 18th November 2016

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Justice Secretary calls time on failing prisons in white paper to help cut crime and protect society – Ministry of Justice

‘Justice Secretary embarks on a major shake-up of prisons to help cut £15bn cost of reoffending.’

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Ministry of Justice, 3rd November 2016

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Prisons in England and Wales get boost of 2,500 new staff to tackle violence -The Guardian

‘An extra 2,500 frontline prison staff are to be recruited to tackle soaring levels of gang violence, drug abuse and attacks on staff and inmates inside prisons across England and Wales, the justice secretary is to announce.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2016

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Regina v Norman (Robert) – WLR Daily

Regina v Norman (Robert) [2016] EWCA Crim 1564

‘The defendant was a prison officer who was paid more than £10,000 by a tabloid journalist in return for information about the prison which formed the subject matter of numerous published articles. He was charged with one count of misconduct in public office. The newspapers voluntarily disclosed evidence of the defendant’s identity and conduct. It was the prosecution case that the stories did not, save in a few cases, have any public interest and that the defendant knew that what he was doing was very wrong given the scale and scope of his activities, conducted behind his employer’s back, in return for substantial payments which were routed via his son’s bank account in order to conceal them. The defendant was convicted. He appealed against conviction the grounds that (i) the judge should have acceded to his submission to stay the proceedings as an abuse of process since the defendant’s identity and the evidence upon which the prosecution depended had been obtained by police misconduct in putting pressure upon the newspapers to give disclosure in order to avoid corporate prosecution; and (ii) the judge should have acceded to his submission of no case to answer, since the defendant’s misconduct did not meet the high threshold of seriousness required for it to be characterised as a criminal abuse of the public’s trust in him as an officer holder.’

WLR Daily, 20th October 2016

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Government pledges 400 extra prison officers for country’s toughest jails – The Independent

Posted October 4th, 2016 in drug abuse, news, prison officers, prisons, speeches by sally

‘The Government is pledging £14m to pay for 400 prison officers who will help tackle drugs and violence in the country’s toughest prisons.’

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The Independent, 4th October 2016

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Prison officer jailed for having affair with inmate at women’s prison – Daily Telegraph

‘A prison officer who kissed and fondled an inmate during an affair behind bars has been jailed for six months.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd September 2016

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Jail staff lacked compassion for prisoner who took his life, inquest finds – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2016 in inquests, news, prison officers, prisons, suicide by sally

‘An inquest jury has said a prisoner who took his own life was not shown enough compassion by staff at the jail.’

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2016

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Government sets out new measures to tackle extremism in prisons – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 25th, 2016 in freedom of expression, Islam, news, prison officers, prisons by sally

‘Extremists to be held in ‘specialist units’, a crackdown on extremist literature and tightened vetting of prison chaplains.’

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Ministry of Justice, 22nd August 2016

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Justice secretary Michael Gove warned he will ‘lose control’ over crisis in prisons – The Independent

Posted July 12th, 2016 in industrial action, news, prison officers, prisons by sally

‘Justice Secretary and former Conservative Party leadership contender Michael Gove has been accused of being “absent” as Britain’s prisons have been plunged into crisis and hit by a series of staff walkouts.’

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The Independent, 11th July 2016

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The women forced to give birth in front of male prison guards – The Independent

Posted May 26th, 2016 in birth, news, pregnancy, prison officers, prisons, privacy, reports, women by tracey

‘The Government is coming under pressure to justify why it imprisons pregnant women and their babies, after a report suggested that the practice can cause significant harm to infants and mothers without benefiting public safety.’

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The Independent, 26th May 2016

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Prison safety ‘deteriorating’ in England and Wales, say MPs – BBC News

‘Prison safety in England and Wales has “deteriorated further” and urgently needs improving as figures show escalating self-harm, violence and disorder, a group of MPs has said.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2016

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Operation Elveden: The investigation into ‘chequebook journalism’ – BBC News

‘It cost £15m and took five years but what did Operation Elveden – the police investigation into inappropriate payments to police and public officials by journalists – aim to achieve?’

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BBC News, 26th February 2016

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