Levi Bellfield: Raab says granting marriage request ‘inconceivable’ – The Guardian

‘Granting Levi Bellfield’s request to get married in prison is “inconceivable” unless serious safeguarding concerns are addressed, Dominic Raab has said. Bellfield, who murdered Marsha McDonnell, Amelie Delagrange and Milly Dowler, is engaged and has requested a prison wedding, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2022

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

2022 c. 28 – Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022

2022 c. 27 – Approved Premises (Substance Testing) Act 2022

2022 c. 26 – Glue Traps (Offences) Act 2022

2022 c. 22 – Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022

2022 c. 20 – Professional Qualifications Act 2022

2022 c. 17 – Local Government (Disqualification) Act 2022

2022 c. 36 – Nationality and Borders Act 2022

2022 c. 34 – British Sign Language Act 2022

2022 c. 32 – Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022

2022 c. 29 – Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Act 2022

2022 c. 24 – Cultural Objects (Protection from Seizure) Act 2022

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Terrorism offenders ‘enjoy high status’ in prison, QC’s official report says – The Guardian

Posted April 28th, 2022 in hate crime, Islam, news, prisons, reports, terrorism by sally

‘Some terrorists in prison enjoy status and celebrity among their fellow inmates amid a culture of fear and violence in jails in England and Wales that is being exacerbated by staffing cuts, an official review has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 27th April 2022

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Number of prisoners stuck in solitary confinement a real worry, prisons watchdog warns – The Independent

Posted April 21st, 2022 in coronavirus, mental health, news, prisons by sally

‘The prisons watchdog has warned of the “long-term price” of restricting offenders’ time out of cells, as reports show many are living in conditions equal to solitary confinement.’

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The Independent, 20th April 2022

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Garry Newlove killer recommended for move to open prison – The Guardian

Posted April 12th, 2022 in murder, news, parole, prisons by tracey

‘The Parole Board has recommended that the ringleader of a murder that shocked Britain in 2007 be moved to an open prison.’

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The Guardian, 11th April 2022

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Female black and Asian prisoners detail racism endured in landmark report – The Independent

Posted April 8th, 2022 in equality, news, prisons, race discrimination, racism, statistics, women by sally

‘Black and Asian women in prison are experiencing racial discrimination at the hands of staff members, a damning new report has found.’

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The Independent, 8th April 2022

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Three girls in England held in male offender institution for months – The Guardian

Posted March 23rd, 2022 in mental health, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, women, young offenders by sally

‘Three girls have been held in an all-boys prison for at least eight months owing to “appalling” and systemic failures in the prison system, MPs and campaigners have said.’

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The Guardian, 23rd March 2022

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Joanne Tulip: Justice Secretary blocks killer’s move to open prison – BBC News

Posted March 21st, 2022 in imprisonment, Ministry of Justice, murder, news, parole, prisons by sally

‘A bid to move the killer of Joanne Tulip to an open prison has been blocked by Dominic Raab.’

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BBC News, 19th March 2022

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England and Wales to get extra 4,000 prison places in record expansion – The Guardian

Posted February 18th, 2022 in Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, statistics by sally

‘Dominic Raab has announced the creation of 4,000 new prison places in England and Wales, as the government plans for an increase of almost 25% that could take the prison population to an all-time high.’

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The Guardian, 18th February 2022

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Why are pregnant women in prison? – Coventry University

Posted January 31st, 2022 in criminal justice, imprisonment, news, pregnancy, prisons, women by sally

‘The aim of this study is to find out why pregnant women spend time in prison, on remand, on recall from licence conditions and on sentence. Research shows that women very rarely commit violent or serious crime, and very few women present any kind of danger to the public. Research also identifies that pregnant women are especially vulnerable and in need of extra care – so this raises critical questions about the incarceration of pregnant women. ‘

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Coventry University, November 2021

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Calls for urgent action as deaths in prisons hit record levels – The Independent

Posted January 28th, 2022 in death in custody, mental health, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, statistics, suicide by tracey

‘The government has been urged to change its “harmful and dangerous” prison system after the number of deaths among inmates hit record levels.’

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The Independent, 28th January 2022

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Peter Sutcliffe: Yorkshire Ripper ‘should have been able to call ex-wife before he died’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 13th, 2022 in murder, news, ombudsmen, prisons, restraint by tracey

‘An independent report into the serial killer’s death also criticises the use of restraints on him while being taken to hospital.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th January 2022

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HMP Hewell: Troubled prison improving but problems persist – BBC News

Posted January 12th, 2022 in news, prisons by tracey

‘A prison previously described as “unfit for the 21st century” has improved.’

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BBC News, 12th January 2022

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HMP Styal: Prisoner who had stillborn baby ‘will never forgive jail’ – BBC News

Posted January 11th, 2022 in birth, news, ombudsmen, pregnancy, prisons by tracey

‘A prisoner who gave birth to a stillborn baby in the toilet of a cell has said she “will never forgive the prison” for the “horror death”. Louise Powell, 31, who did not know she was pregnant, said she begged for an ambulance before her baby died at HMP Styal in Cheshire in 2020. She told BBC Newsnight she was left alone when she was “crying for help”.
The Prisons and Probations Ombudsman found there were “missed opportunities” to identify her urgent clinical needs.’

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BBC News, 11th January 2022

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Jailed women in UK five times more likely to suffer stillbirths, data shows – The Guardian

Posted December 6th, 2021 in bail, bills, birth, imprisonment, news, pregnancy, prisons, sentencing, statistics, women by sally

‘Women in prison are five times more likely to have a stillbirth and twice as likely to give birth to a premature baby that needs special care, new data collected by the Observer shows.’

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The Guardian, December 2021

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Colin Pitchfork: Double child killer arrested and recalled to prison two months after release – The Independent

Posted November 22nd, 2021 in children, murder, news, parole, prisons, probation, rape, sexual offences by tracey

‘Colin Pitchfork has been arrested and sent back to prison just two months after being released, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced on Friday. He was let out in September after spending 33 years in jail for murdering two teenage girls in the 1980s.’

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The Independent, 20th November 2021

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People with mental illness in criminal justice system failed ‘at every stage’ – The Independent

‘The criminal justice system is “failing” people with a mental illness “at every stage”, a major report has found has found.’

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The Independent, 17h November 2021

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‘No evidence’ that longer prison sentences will deter terrorists, watchdog warns – The Independent

‘There is “no evidence” that jailing terrorists for longer will deter them from planning terror attacks, a watchdog has warned.’

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The Independent, 10th November 2021

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HMP Leeds death could have been prevented by information sharing – BBC News

Posted October 25th, 2021 in coroners, death in custody, inquests, law firms, mental health, news, prisons, solicitors, suicide by tracey

‘A prisoner may not have died if information was passed on about his suicidal thoughts, a coroner has said.’

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BBC News, 24th October 2021

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Family of vulnerable man found dead in Dorset prison demand reforms – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2021 in inquests, mental health, news, post-traumatic stress disorder, prisons, suicide by sally

‘The family of a vulnerable prisoner found hanged in his cell have called for improvements in how inmates with mental health issues are cared for after an inquest jury concluded there was a string of failings in his care.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2021

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