Prison reform: open letter from the Justice Secretary – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 22nd, 2017 in news, press releases, prisons by tracey

‘Justice Secretary David Lidington sets out the essential reforms under way to make prisons places of safety and reform.’

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Ministry of Justice, 21st June 2017

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Queen’s Speech: Chief Inspector of Prisons expresses fury after penal reform dropped from agenda – The Independent

Posted June 22nd, 2017 in bills, news, parliament, prisons by tracey

‘The Chief Inspector of Prisons has expressed fury and disappointment after the Government’s commitment to prison reform, which was given high prominence in 2016, was omitted from the Queen’s Speech.’

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The Independent, 21st June 2017

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Privatised probation programme ‘could be dropped with negligible impact’ – The Guardian

‘A key part of the government’s probation privatisation reforms could be dropped tomorrow without any impact on the resettlement of prisoners, a joint report by the chief inspectors of probation and prisons has warned.’

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The Guardian, 21st June 2017

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‘Buried alive’: the old men stuck in Britain’s prisons – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2017 in care homes, elderly, mental health, news, prisons by sally

‘They can’t manage the stairs, so they can’t exercise, or go to classes. They’re afraid to shower in case they fall. The ones with dementia don’t even know where they are. Is this any way to deal with elderly offenders? By Amelia Hill’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2017

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Prisons taking role of care homes and hospices as older population soars – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2017 in care homes, elderly, mental health, news, prisons, reports by sally

‘Prisons are now the largest providers of residential care for frail and elderly men in England and Wales and are increasingly turning into hospices, providing end-of-life care for older prisoners and even managing their deaths.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2017

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Munira Ali: Examining the dissolution of the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ inquiry into mental health and deaths in prisons: another missed opportunity? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The issues relating to imprisonment of individuals with mental health problems in the UK has attracted considerable attention, as the number of self-inflicted deaths has risen to the highest number since records began in 1978. With a rate of one prison suicide every three days, the director of the Howard League described the current rate as having reached “epidemic proportions”. The steady rise of deaths in custody has prompted a series of inquiries in recent years, and has drawn scrutiny from UN bodies and Special Procedures, and more recently, UN Member States as part of a periodic review of its human rights performance. However, despite this, little progress has been made.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th June 2017

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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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Families of men who killed themselves at Woodhill jail lose high court case – The Guardian

Posted May 24th, 2017 in human rights, judicial review, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, suicide by sally

‘The relatives of two inmates who killed themselves at a prison with the highest rate of self-inflicted deaths in England and Wales have lost a high court case calling for action to protect prisoners.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2016

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Suicide jail failed to improve, says doctor – BBC News

Posted May 23rd, 2017 in mental health, news, prisons, psychiatrists, suicide by tracey

‘Safety improvements were not made at a prison with the highest suicide rate in England and Wales despite a spate of deaths, a psychiatrist has told the BBC.’

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BBC news, 22nd May 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Inmate who slit throat of prisoner who attacked Soham killer jailed for life – BBC News

Posted May 18th, 2017 in attempts, murder, news, prisons, sentencing by tracey

‘A prisoner who slit the throat of a fellow inmate who had himself attempted to murder Soham child killer Ian Huntley has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 17th May 2017

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Nearly half of female prisoners have attempted suicide, figures reveal – The Independent

Posted May 9th, 2017 in mental health, news, prisons, reports, suicide, women by tracey

‘Almost half of female prisoners in England and Wales have attempted suicide, figures show, prompting urgent calls for the next government to address the growing mental health crisis in the penal system.’

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The Independent, 8th May 2017

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Ministers ‘should have legal duty to combat rise in prison suicides’ – The Guardian

Posted May 3rd, 2017 in ministers' powers and duties, news, prisons, suicide by tracey

‘The next government should introduce legislation to “end the shocking rise in self-harm and suicides in prisons”, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has reported.’

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The Guardian, 2nd May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Call for inquiry over ‘unbroken pattern’ of deaths at prison – The Guardian

‘The prison service is facing calls for a corporate manslaughter investigation after a litany of failures at one Milton Keynes site resulted in an “unbroken pattern of deaths”, with 18 inmates taking their own lives in four years.’

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The Guardian, 2nd May 2017

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The Round-Up: Legal Aid for prisoners in the Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 21st, 2017 in appeals, judicial review, legal aid, news, prisons by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal last week partially granted an application for judicial review of the cuts to Legal Aid in certain categories of prison law. The judgment may change the face of legal representation for prisoners across the UK.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th April 2017

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Prisons and Courts Bill scrapped – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 21st, 2017 in bills, news, parliament, personal injuries, prisons by tracey

‘Legislation that would radically change the personal injury market and overhaul the courts has been dropped in the runup to the general election.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th April 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Dangerous extremists to be separated from mainstream prison population – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 21st, 2017 in press releases, prisons, terrorism by tracey

‘Three separation centres are being created and will form part of the wider government strategy to tackle extremism in prisons.’

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Ministry of Justice, 21st April 2017

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

Extremist prisoners to be held in ‘separation centres’ inside jails – The Guardian

Posted April 21st, 2017 in news, prisons, terrorism by tracey

‘Plans to house up to 28 of the most dangerous extremist prisoners in England and Wales in three “separation centres” away from mainstream prisoners are to go ahead, the Ministry of Justice has announced.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 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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£40,000 worth of drugs discovered at ‘unsafe’ Lancashire prison – The Guardian

‘More than 80 prisoners in fear of their safety have sought sanctuary in a special unit in a Lancashire jail inspectors say is the most violent they have visited in recent times.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2017

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Violence soars by 76% at Government’s flagship prison that models itself on academy schools – The Independent

Posted April 18th, 2017 in education, news, prisons, rehabilitation, reports by sally

‘Violent incidents have soared by 76 per cent in one of the government’s flagship ‘reform prisons’, which were designed to reduce violence and place a greater emphasis on education and rehabilitation.’

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The Independent, 17th April 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk