Prison governor attacks ‘fantasy’ that criminals can be rehabilitated behind bars – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 16th, 2019 in imprisonment, news, prisons, rehabilitation, sentencing by tracey

‘Rehabilitation of criminals is a “fantasy” as the prison system cannot be expected to undo a lifetime of troubles in a few months, a leading official has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2019

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Julian Assange to stay in prison over absconding fears – BBC News

‘Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange is to remain in prison when his jail term ends because of his “history of absconding”, a judge has ruled’

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BBC News, 13th September 2019

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Epic jail: inside the UK’s optimised ‘super-prison’ warehouses – The Guardian

Posted September 2nd, 2019 in computer programs, imprisonment, news, prisons, statistics, violence by sally

‘Inmate deaths are up by 20% in the UK, the most incarcerated nation in western Europe. Can prisons designed using virtual reality modelling undo the harm?’

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2019

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Prisoner numbers may fall as fewer suspects charged, says MoJ – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2019 in Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, release on licence, sentencing, statistics by sally

‘The number of prisoners in England and Wales is projected to fall in the short term due to fewer people being charged with criminal offences.’

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The Guardian, 29th August 2019

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HMP Pentonville: ‘Government neglect’ sees rise in prison’s violence – BBC News

Posted August 29th, 2019 in drug abuse, health & safety, news, prisons, violence by tracey

‘”Government neglect” has “directly contributed” to the rise in violence and drugs at HMP Pentonville, the prison’s watchdog said. The Pentonville Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) called for funds for improvements “as a matter of urgency”.’

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BBC News, 28th August 2019

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Number of people dealt with by criminal justice system falls to lowest level since records began – The Independent

‘The number of people prosecuted or handed penalties for crimes in England and Wales has fallen to a record low as offences rise. Statistics released by the Ministry of Justice showed the figure dropped by 2 per cent to 1.59 million people in the year to March.’

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The Independent, 15th August 2019

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£100 million crackdown on crime in prison – Ministry of Justice

‘Airport-style security and cutting-edge technology to crack down on criminal activity in prisons.’

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Ministry of Justice, 13th August 2019

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PM to create 10,000 new prison places and extend stop-and-search – BBC News

Posted August 12th, 2019 in budgets, news, police, prisons, statistics, stop and search by tracey

‘An extra 10,000 new prison places will be created and stop-and-search powers expanded, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised.’

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BBC News, 11th August 2019

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Children in prison twice as likely to have special needs, figures show – The Independent

‘Children in prison are twice as likely to have special educational needs as those in the general population, new figures reveal, prompting concern that vulnerable teenagers are being let down by mainstream services.’

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The Independent, 4th August 2019

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More than 18,000 prisoners ‘cooped up’ in overcrowded cells, figures show – The Independent

Posted August 2nd, 2019 in news, prisons, self-harm, violence by tracey

‘More than 18,000 prisoners are living in cells designed for fewer people as overcrowding fuels violence in jails, a charity has warned. An analysis of government figures by the Howard League for Penal Reform shows three in five men’s prisons are holding more people than they are certified to look after.’

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The Independent, 1st August 2019

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Assault and self-harm hit record levels in jails in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘Assaults and incidents of self-harm in prisons in England and Wales have reached new highs, prompting fresh warnings that authorities are failing inmates.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2019

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Minister urged to intervene over Feltham youth jail violence – The Guardian

‘Urgent intervention is needed at Feltham young offender institution, the chief inspector of prisons has warned, after a review uncovered rocketing levels of violence and self-harm.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2019

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Specialist jails aimed at stopping radicalisation are underused, say staff – The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2019 in Islam, news, prison officers, prisons, religious discrimination, terrorism by sally

‘Jails-within-jails designed to prevent extremists from radicalising vulnerable prisoners are undersubscribed, staff at the specialist units have told officials.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2019

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Surge in youth prison violence sparks call to close institutions – The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2019 in assault, news, prisons, statistics, violence, young offenders by sally

‘Assaults in youth prisons in England and Wales have risen by almost two-thirds over the last five years, a Guardian analysis has found.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2019

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Justice secretary urges evidence-led approach to cut crime – Ministry of Justice

‘Justice Secretary David Gauke today called for an “evidence-led” approach to tackling reoffending in order to crack down on crime and reduce the number of victims.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th July 2019

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Prisoner release checks ‘put public at risk’ – chief inspector – BBC News

Posted July 10th, 2019 in health & safety, mental health, news, prisons, standards, statistics, suicide by sally

‘The safety of the public is being put at risk by thousands of prisoners being released without proper assessments, the government has been told.’

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BBC News, 9th July 2019

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Jury finds failure to adequately assess risk of self harm and suicide contributed to death of Rocky Stenning at HMP Chelmsford – Garden Court Chambers

Posted July 5th, 2019 in death in custody, inquests, news, prisons, self-harm, suicide by sally

‘The jury returned a narrative conclusion at the inquest into the death of Rocky Stenning, finding that the failure to adequately assess his risk of self harm and suicide whilst he was at HMP Chelmsford contributed to his death. They also noted that restricting Rocky’s access to a telephone, the length of the prison sentence he received and other known triggers as identified in the Ministry of Justice’s suicide and self-harm policy, affected Rocky’s mental ill health.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 3rd July 2019

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Jury returns damning conclusion at inquest of Andrew Brown at HMP Nottingham – Garden Court Chambers

Posted July 4th, 2019 in health & safety, inquests, juries, mental health, news, prisons, standards, suicide by sally

‘The inquest into the death of Andrew Brown has concluded on 26 June with the jury finding that a series of damning failings by HMP Nottingham contributed to his death.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 27th June 2019

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Moors murderer Ian Brady had contact with vulnerable boys in jail – The Guardian

‘The Moors murderer Ian Brady came in contact with vulnerable borstal boys for more than five years at Wormwood Scrubs prison, Home Office files in the National Archives show.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2019

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England and Wales jail ‘shameful’ numbers of people, says report – The Guardian

Posted June 24th, 2019 in contracting out, news, prisons, probation, recidivists, rehabilitation, statistics by tracey

‘More people are being sent to prison in England and Wales every year than anywhere else in western Europe, figures described as “shameful” suggest.’

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The Guardian, 24th June 2019

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