Disgraceful conditions at Bedford prison fuelled riot, watchdog finds – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2017 in news, prisons, release on licence, reports, sentencing, violent disorder by tracey

‘A riot at Bedford prison that led to two wings being “totally trashed” was fuelled by frustration over “disgraceful conditions” including a failure to provide basic items such as soap, cleaning materials and toilet paper, an official watchdog has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2017

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Black or Muslim inmates twice as likely to have negative experiences in prison, report finds – The Independent

Posted October 19th, 2017 in equality, news, prisons, race discrimination, racism, reports by tracey

‘Black and Muslim prisoners are twice as likely to have negative experiences in jail than white inmates – with the figure nearly four times as high for black Muslims – new research has revealed.’

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The Independent, 19th October 2017

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Prison has ‘deliberate policy’ of accepting sex offenders to help reduce violence, report finds – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 13th, 2017 in news, prisons, sexual offences, violence by tracey

‘One of the UK’s most violent prisons has begun a “deliberate policy” of accepting sex offenders to help tackle high levels of disturbance, according to a watchdog report.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th October 2017

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Prison has ‘deliberate policy’ of accepting sex offenders to help reduce violence, report finds – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 12th, 2017 in news, prisons, reports, sexual offences, violence by sally

‘One of the UK’s most violent prisons has begun a “deliberate policy” of accepting sex offenders to help tackle high levels of disturbance, according to a watchdog report.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th October 2017

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Closures of ageing jails on hold for five years as prison numbers soar – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2017 in bail, detention, imprisonment, news, prisons by sally

‘The head of the prison service has ruled out any closures over the next five years, shelving a 2017 Conservative manifesto pledge to shut down and sell off dilapidated Victorian jails across England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 12th October 2017

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Prison inmates given life sentences for murder of convicted double killer – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2017 in conspiracy, murder, news, prisons, sentencing by sally

‘Two prison inmates who murdered a convicted double killer in his cell after being “ordered by God” to attack him have both been handed life sentences.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2017

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Prison ‘reboot’ may free up 7,000 prison places, says thinktank – The Guardian

Posted September 14th, 2017 in criminal justice, news, prisons, probation, rehabilitation, reports by tracey

‘A “reboot” of the government’s “rehabilitation revolution”, including the early release of well-behaved prisoners, could free up more than 7,000 prison places, according to the latest report from a centre-right thinktank.’

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The Guardian, 14th September 2017

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Prisoner ‘trapped’ in jail for 11 years to be released – BBC News

Posted September 14th, 2017 in mental health, news, prisons, sentencing by tracey

‘A man who has served 11 years in prison for what was a 10-month sentence is to be released, the Parole Board has said. James Ward was sentenced under Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP), after he set fire to his bed while in jail for actual bodily harm. The 33-year-old has mental health problems and has regularly self-harmed while serving his indefinite sentence.’

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BBC News, 14th September 2017

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Prison visiting rules punish children, says charity – BBC News

Posted August 23rd, 2017 in children, families, news, prisons by sally

‘Children whose fathers are in jail are being punished by rules which limit visits if prisoners do not behave well enough, says Barnardo’s.

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BBC News, 23rd August 2017

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Justice secretary told to ‘get a grip’ on backlog of prisoners held beyond sentence – The Guardian

‘The chair of the Parole Board has expressed his frustration at the government’s failure to “get a grip” on the issue of prisoners serving indeterminate sentences under the discredited imprisonment for public protection (IPP) programme.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2017

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Prisoner ‘suicidal’ 11 years into 10-month jail term – BBC News

Posted August 14th, 2017 in arson, imprisonment, news, prisons, self-harm, sentencing by sally

‘In 2006, James Ward was given a 10-month minimum jail sentence called an IPP (Imprisonment for Public Protection) for arson.’

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BBC News, 14th August 2017

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Landmark review places family ties at the heart of prison reform – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 10th, 2017 in families, prisons, rehabilitation, reports by tracey

‘Ministry of Justice welcomes Lord Farmer’s recommendations to strengthen family ties to help offenders turn their lives around and protect public safety.’

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Ministry of Justice, 10th August 2017

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More than one prisoner a week is released from jail by mistake, figures reveal – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 27th, 2017 in assault, mistake, news, prison officers, prisons, statistics by tracey

‘Dozens of prisoners have been released by mistake as violence in jails surged to a new high, official figures reveal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th July 2017

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Stephen Lawrence killer gets legal aid for compensation claim – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 26th, 2017 in assault, compensation, legal aid, news, personal injuries, prisons by sally

‘One of the killers of Stephen Lawrence has been granted legal aid in a battle to get compensation from the Government after he was allegedly beaten up in prison.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th July 2017

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Care failings contributed to death of woman in prison, inquest finds – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2017 in death in custody, mental health, news, prisons, women by tracey

‘A jury at the inquest of Sarah Reed, a mentally ill prisoner at HMP Holloway who took her life at the jail last year, has identified serious shortcomings in her care.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2017

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Prisons inspector warns of ‘staggering’ decline in safety at youth jails – The Guardian

‘There has been a “staggering” decline in standards and safety at youth jails in England and Wales, the chief inspector of prisons has said.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2017

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Neglect contributed to Liverpool prisoner’s suicide, jury finds – The Guardian

Posted July 17th, 2017 in accidents, death in custody, inquests, mental health, news, prisons, suicide by tracey

‘An inquest jury has found that neglect contributed to the death of a prisoner who killed himself at Liverpool prison last year.’

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The Guardian, 16th July 2017

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Crackdown on drugs, drones and mobile phones in prisons – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 13th, 2017 in aircraft, drug abuse, enforcement, news, press releases, prisons, telecommunications by tracey

‘A huge haul of drugs and mobile phones has been recovered since the introduction of detection measures to crackdown on prison contraband.’

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Ministry of Justice, 9th July 2017

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Radical extremists moved as first separation centre opens – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 7th, 2017 in news, press releases, prison officers, prisons, terrorism by tracey

‘The first of 3 separation centres opens at HMP Frankland, forming part of the wider government strategy to tackle extremists in prisons.’

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Ministry of Justice, 6th July 2017

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Justice secretary seeks ban on industrial action in prisons – The Guardian

Posted July 6th, 2017 in industrial action, injunctions, news, prison officers, prisons, trade unions by sally

‘A high court bid to impose a permanent ban on industrial action being taken by prison officers has been launched by the justice secretary, David Lidington.’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2017

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