Supreme court to consider appeal to enforce smoking ban in UK jails – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in appeals, health, news, prisons, smoking, Supreme Court by sally

‘The remaining rights of prisoners to smoke inside their cells are to be challenged at the supreme court in a case which, if successful, could inflame discipline problems in prisons.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2017

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Four ‘supersized’ prisons to be built in England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in Ministry of Justice, news, prisons by sally

‘The justice secretary is to announce plans to build four new “supersized” jails in England and Wales, creating a total of 5,000 modern prison places.’

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The Guardian, 22nd March 2017

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Prisons and Courts Bill to improve access to justice and better protect the vulnerable – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 21st, 2017 in bills, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, internet, news, prisons by tracey

‘Plans to revolutionise the courts to make them more straightforward and efficient, and deliver swifter justice for victims.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th March 2017

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Prisoners left in ‘squalid’ cells, damning report reveals – The Independent

Posted March 14th, 2017 in news, prisons, reports by tracey

‘Prisoners were left exposed to the elements in “squalid” cells with windows missing glass, a highly critical report has revealed.’

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The Independent March 2017

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MPs raise concerns over tougher knife crime guidelines’ impact on prison populations – The Independent

Posted March 8th, 2017 in Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, select committees, sentencing, violence, weapons by tracey

‘MPs have raised concerns over tougher knife crime sentencing guidelines due to the “substantial” impact it could have on the escalating prison population in Britain.’

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The Independent, 8th March 2017

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High levels of violence and use of force at last G4S-run child jail, report finds – The Guardian

Posted March 7th, 2017 in children, news, prisons, reports, violence, young offenders by tracey

‘Report says inspectors witnessed staff struggling to maintain order at Oakhill secure training centre near Milton Keynes.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2017

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High court to hear legal challenge over boy kept in cell 23 hours a day – The Guardian

Posted March 7th, 2017 in children, detention, imprisonment, news, prisons, young offenders by tracey

‘A legal challenge over a boy locked up for 23 hours a day in a London prison has been given the go-ahead.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2017

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Drugs seized 30 times a day in prisons, according to new data – The Guardian

Posted March 6th, 2017 in drug offences, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, statistics by sally

‘Drugs were seized almost 30 times a day in prisons in England and Wales last year with the weight of the illegal substances confiscated reaching 225kg. The figures come from new government analysis documenting the epidemic of drugs being smuggled into the penal network.’

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The Guardian, 5th 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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If you’ve ever thought that prison is the place for mentally ill criminals, you need to hear about the tragic life of Vishnu Wood – The Independent

Posted February 24th, 2017 in mental health, news, prisons, suicide by sally

‘I’m not a vindictive person by nature. But when I attended Vishnu’s funeral after mentoring him through so many highs and lows, I wanted the judges who had sent him to Wormwood Scrubs to be there.’

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The Independent, 24th February 2017

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Prisons shakeup to give governors more control over rehabilitation – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in bills, courts, internet, news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

‘Prison governors are to be held to account for getting offenders off drugs, into jobs and learning English and maths under new powers to be detailed in the justice secretary’s flagship legislation to tackle the prison crisis.’

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The Guardian, 23rd February 2017

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UK prisons ‘holding child inmates in solitary confinement against UN torture rules’ – The Independent

‘British prisons are holding child inmates in solitary confinement in an alleged breach of UN torture rules and British law, The Independent has found. Lawyers in one case have launched legal action against the Government in the High Court.’

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The Independent, 21st February 2017

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Solicitors speak out over plight of jailed 71-year-old – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 21st, 2017 in appeals, contempt of court, elderly, news, prisons by sally

‘Practitioners involved in a high-profile Court of Protection case have spoken out after it emerged that a 71-year-old woman jailed for contempt had been fighting to let her brother spend his remaining months in his country of birth.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th February 2017

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Stephen Lawrence killer David Norris to sue government – BBC News

Posted February 20th, 2017 in assault, damages, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons by sally

‘One of the men who murdered Stephen Lawrence is attempting to sue the government after he was attacked in jail while awaiting trial.’

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BBC News, 19th February 2017

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Liz Truss rejects calls to cut sentences to reduce prison population – The Guardian

‘The justice secretary, Liz Truss, is to reject making deep cuts in the record 85,000 prison population in England and Wales warning that such “quick fix” solutions would put the public at greater risk.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2017

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Ian Brady begins ‘unique’ High Court fight over tribunal lawyer – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 14th, 2017 in legal aid, legal representation, mental health, news, prisons, tribunals by sally

‘Ian Brady, the Moors murderer, is launching a “totally unique” High Court fight for the right to have the lawyer of his choice representing him at a tribunal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th February 2017

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Prisons need ‘profound culture change’, charities say – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2017 in charities, mental health, news, prisons, reports, statistics, suicide by sally

‘Prisons in England and Wales need a “profound culture change” which focuses on inmate safety, a new report says.’

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BBC News, 13th February 2017

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Justice Secretary launches new prison and probation service to reform offenders – Home Office

Posted February 10th, 2017 in press releases, prisons, probation, rehabilitation by tracey

‘A new frontline service focused on reforming offenders and cutting crime will launch in April 2017, Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss announced today.’

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Home Office, 8th 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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Independent Monitoring Board : the Eyes and Ears – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted February 3rd, 2017 in news, prisons, reports, whistleblowers by sally

‘Our prisons appear to be in a state of permanent crisis but what little we on the outside know about what goes inside our chaotic and violent jails owes little to journalists. Media has been effectively banned by the Government from going into prisons.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 31st January 2017

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