HMP Woodhill has ‘staggering’ rate of self-inflicted deaths – BBC News

Posted June 19th, 2018 in news, prisons, reports, self-harm, suicide by sally

‘A prison where 20 men have taken their lives since 2011 has a “staggering” death rate and is still failing vulnerable inmates, a report has said.’

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BBC News, 19th June 2018

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Police and service dogs and horses receive protection by law – The Guardian

Posted June 15th, 2018 in bills, dogs, horses, news, police, prisons by tracey

‘A bill making it a specific offence to attack police or prison officer dogs or police horses is set to become law after the government decided to back the measure, closing what campaigners said was a loophole in existing legislation.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2018

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MoJ postpones plans to reduce female prison population – The Guardian

Posted May 3rd, 2018 in criminal justice, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, women by tracey

‘A multimillion pound government strategy to reduce the number of women being jailed for non-violent offences has been postponed, the Guardian can disclose. Plans to set up community prisons for women and to launch a scheme that would provide support for female offenders were supposed to be announced this month. The Ministry of Justice has delayed finalisation of the strategy, which is now going to be rewritten.’

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The Guardian, 2nd May 2018

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Nearly 100 women die in prison over 11-year period due to ‘glaring failures’ by government, says report – The Independent

Posted May 2nd, 2018 in death in custody, news, prisons, women by tracey

‘The government has been accused of a “glaring failure” to act on deaths of women in custody as figures show almost 100 female inmates have died in just over a decade. More than 10 years on from the Corston Report, which outlined the need for a more holistic and integrated approach to vulnerable women in the criminal justice system, there has been “little systemic change” as women “continue to die” in custody, according to a report by charity Inquest.’

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The Independent, 2nd May 2018

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Self-harm and violent attacks hit record high in prisons across England and Wales – The Independent

Posted April 27th, 2018 in news, prisons, self-harm, statistics, violence by tracey

‘Self-harm and violent attacks have hit record levels in prisons across England and Wales as campaigners warn of a “system in crisis”. More than 11,600 prisoners harmed themselves in 2017 – a record high – and the number of separate incidents rose by 11 per cent to 44,600.’

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The Independent, 26th April 2018

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Prisons watchdog demands action after 500 self-harm incidents in six months at young offenders’ institution – The Independent

Posted March 27th, 2018 in mental health, news, prisons, self-harm, violence, young offenders by tracey

‘Prison inspectors have demanded urgent action at a young offenders’ institution that saw more than 500 incidents of self-harm in just six months.’

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The Independent, 27th March 2018

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G4S staff at Medway youth jail cleared of misconduct – BBC News

‘Four men accused of threatening and assaulting children at a youth jail in Kent have been cleared.’

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BBC News, 26th March 2018

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Duty of Care Owed by the MoJ to Serving Prisoners Limited to Matters Arising out of their Custody – Zenith Chambers

Posted March 20th, 2018 in duty of care, human rights, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons by sally

‘In this case the claimant claimed damages from the MoJ for personal arising from clinical negligence and breach of his rights under ECHR art.3.’

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Zenith Chambers, 2nd March 2018

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Suicide of ‘much loved son’ in HMP Norwich result of failings in prison care, inquest finds – The Independent

Posted March 16th, 2018 in inquests, news, prisons, suicide by tracey

‘An inquest into the death of a prisoner who took his own life, has found that failings at the facility where he was being held contributed to his death.’

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The Independent, 15th March 2018

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Staff without security clearance monitor offenders – BBC News

Posted March 6th, 2018 in bail, contracting out, employment, news, prisons, probation, release on licence by sally

‘Staff without security clearance are being allowed to monitor high-risk offenders living in approved premises – commonly known as bail hostels or probation hostels – the BBC has learnt.’

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BBC News, 5th March 2018

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Prison violence and gangs targeted by justice secretary – BBC News

Posted March 6th, 2018 in drug abuse, gangs, news, prisons, violence by sally

‘Measures to clamp down on violence and the smuggling of drugs, phones and weapons in prisons are to be unveiled by Justice Secretary David Gauke.’

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BBC News, 6th March 2018

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Duty of care owed by the MOJ to serving prisoners limited to matters arising out of their custody – Zenith PI

Posted March 5th, 2018 in duty of care, health, human rights, medical treatment, negligence, news, prisons by tracey

‘Benius Razumas v Ministry of Justice [2018] EWHC 215 (QB): In this case the claimant claimed damages from the MoJ for personal arising from clinical negligence and breach of his rights under ECHR art.3.’

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Zenith PI, 2nd March 2018

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Ministry of Justice not liable for clinical negligence in prison – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In Razumas v Ministry of Justice [2018] EHWC 215 a prisoner who had made a claim for clinical negligence against the Ministry of Justice, rather than against the specific health care provider, had his claim dismissed.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th February 2018

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Inmates receive payouts of £2m for poor healthcare amid ‘unprecedented pressures’ in prisons – The Independent

Posted February 27th, 2018 in compensation, medical treatment, negligence, news, prisons by tracey

‘Inmates have been paid close to £2m in compensation for poor healthcare behind bars since 2010 amid mounting concern over the scale of the crisis gripping Britain’s prisons.’

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The Independent, 26th February 2018

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Up to 60 per cent of prisoners have head injuries, as experts warn brain damage may fuel crime – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 27th, 2018 in crime, mental health, news, personal injuries, prisons, violent offenders by tracey

‘More than half of criminals may have suffered a head injury which could be fuelling their offending, a new review by British brain experts suggests.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2018

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UK high court refuses Turkey extradition due to overcrowded prisons – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2018 in extradition, fugitive offenders, news, prisons by sally

‘The high court in London has refused to return an absconding British prisoner to Turkey on the grounds that the country’s jails are so overcrowded they are unsafe following the 2016 attempted coup.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2018

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Prisoner dies at HMP Nottingham three weeks after watchdog makes stark warning that ‘lives are at risk’ in jail – The Independent

Posted February 9th, 2018 in health & safety, news, ombudsmen, prisons, suicide by tracey

‘A man has died in what is believed to have been a suicide at HMP Nottingham less than a month after the prisons watchdog made an unprecedented warning that the lives of inmates were at risk.’

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The Independent, 9th February 2018

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Female prison inmates subject to ‘excessive strip-searching’ despite many being victims of sexual abuse – The Independent

Posted January 24th, 2018 in news, prisons, stop and search, women by tracey

‘Female prisoners are being subject to “excessive strip-searching” despite evidence that the process can risk retraumatising vulnerable women, many of whom will have experienced sexual or physical abuse.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2018

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Liverpool prison has ‘worst conditions inspectors have seen’ – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2018 in health & safety, news, prisons, reports by tracey

‘Prison chiefs have been summoned next week to explain to MPs their “abject failure” over living conditions in Liverpool prison, which have been described by inspectors as the worst they can recall.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2018

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HMP Nottingham: Prisons inspector issues ‘urgent notification’ because inmates’ lives at risk – The Independent

Posted January 19th, 2018 in news, prisons, reports, self-harm, suicide by tracey

‘An “urgent notification” has been issued by the prisons watchdog for the first time because he warns lives are at risk at HMP Nottingham after inspectors deemed it a “fundamentally unsafe” jail.’

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The Independent, 18th January 2018

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