MP questions transfer of children from Rainsbrook secure centre to youth jails – The Guardian

Posted July 14th, 2021 in children, contracting out, coronavirus, custody, news, prisons, young offenders by tracey

‘Children held in a condemned youth jail for vulnerable offenders have been moved into unsuitable alternative custody, a committee has been told. About 30 children previously held at the privately run Rainsbrook secure training centre are being transferred into alternative custody arrangements following calls for urgent action over problems at the unit.’

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The Guardian, 13th July 2021

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Trans women in female jails policy lawful, High Court rules – BBC News

Posted July 5th, 2021 in news, prisons, transgender persons, women by tracey

‘It is lawful for transgender women to be housed in female jails in England and Wales, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 3rd July 2021

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Ministers remove children from private youth jail after American contractor fails to fix ‘serious’ flaws – The Independent

Posted June 18th, 2021 in children, detention, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, young offenders by tracey

‘The UK government is removing all children from a troubled jail for youths run by an American company after some were locked in their rooms for more than 23 hours a day.’

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The Independent, 17th June 2021

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Public inquiry opens into Met police killing of unarmed Jermaine Baker – The Guardian

Posted June 15th, 2021 in firearms, fugitive offenders, inquiries, news, police, prisons by sally

‘A public inquiry into the death of an unarmed man shot by a Metropolitan police marksman during a foiled prison break has heard that a bug in the getaway car picked up the occupants saying they did not have a real gun.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2021

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How Can Respecting the Right to Religion for Prisoners Make A Real Difference? – Each Other

‘Over the past twenty years, the proportion of prisoners from religious minorities has steadily increased. EachOther asks how can listening to minority voices improve the right to religion in prisons?’

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Each Other, 8th June 2021

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Women offenders being released to homelessness – MPs – BBC News

‘Thousands of women are being released from prison each year without adequate help, a group of MPs and peers say.’

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BBC News, 8th June 2021

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

2021 c. 24 – Fire Safety Act 2021

2021 c. 21 – Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Act 2021

2021 c. 20 – Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Act 2021

2021 c. 19 – Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act 2021

2021 c. 18 – Prisons (Substance Testing) Act 2021

2021 c. 16 – Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Act 2021

2021 c. 15 – British Library Board (Power to Borrow) Act 2021

2021 c. 13 – Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Act 2021

2021 c. 12 – Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act 2021

2021 c. 10 – Trade Act 2021

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Private Prisons Have Shown A Lax Approach To Human Rights – Each Other

Posted April 27th, 2021 in contracting out, human rights, news, prisons by sally

‘Private prisons may seem like an American phenomenon, but, statistically, UK prisoners are more likely to be held in one.’

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Each Other, 26th April 2021

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I’ve seen how the UK justice system is crumbling. Why doesn’t the government take action? – Dominic Grieve – The Guardian

Posted April 6th, 2021 in budgets, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, legal aid, news, prisons by sally

‘From decrepit court buildings to legal aid cuts, the service has been brought to its knees. And there’s little hope of change.’

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The Guardian, 5th April 2021

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Covid: ‘Prioritise prisoners for coronavirus vaccine’ – BBC News

Posted March 17th, 2021 in coronavirus, news, prison officers, prisons, statistics, vaccination by sally

‘Prisoners have an elevated risk of dying of Covid and should be prioritised for vaccination, along with prison staff, say researchers from University College London (UCL).’

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BBC News, 17th March 2021

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Police boss wants to trial giving cannabis to prisoners – The Independent

Posted March 1st, 2021 in drug abuse, drug offences, medicines, news, police, prisons, statistics by tracey

‘Prisoners should be given cannabis to help deal with addiction problems and tackle violence, according to a police and crime commissioner (PCC) in Wales.’

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The Independent, 28th February 2021

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Lack of access to lawyers for immigration detainees being held in prison is unlawful, High Court rules – The Independent

Posted February 26th, 2021 in detention, human rights, immigration, legal aid, legal representation, news, prisons by tracey

‘The legal aid provision for immigration detainees held in prisons is unlawful, the High Court has ruled, after it emerged a man was unable to access a lawyer for 10 months and had to represent himself.’

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The Independent, 25th February 2021

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Solicitor failed to check whether jailed client wanted to sell property – Legal Futures

‘A veteran solicitor did not confirm that his imprisoned client had given instructions to transfer a £300,000 property to his mother, with the client claiming after it happened that he knew nothing about it, a tribunal has heard.’

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Legal Futures, 24th February 2021

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BLM UK to fund ‘people’s tribunal’ for deaths in custody – The Guardian

Posted February 18th, 2021 in death in custody, news, police, prisons, tribunals by sally

‘Black Lives Matter UK has announced £45,000 of funding to the United Families and Friends Campaign to set up a “people’s tribunal” for deaths in custody.’

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The Guardian, 17th February 2021

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Number of prisoners in England and Wales on suicide watch rises steeply – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2021 in mental health, news, prisons, statistics, suicide by sally

‘The number of prisoners put on suicide or self-harm watch has risen dramatically over the past decade, a Guardian investigation has found, as experts warn the scale of the mental health crisis in prisons has escalated during the coronavirus pandemic.’

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The Guardian, 10th February 2021

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Terrorism watchdog to open inquiry into radicalisation in prison – The Guardian

Posted January 25th, 2021 in inquiries, Islam, Ministry of Justice, news, ombudsmen, prison officers, prisons, terrorism by tracey

‘An inquiry into the way prisons deal with convicted terrorists is being launched by the independent terror watchdog amid concerns of growing radicalisation behind bars.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2021

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Case backlog threatens UK criminal justice system, say inspectors – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2021 in coronavirus, courts, criminal justice, delay, news, prisons, reports, young offenders by sally

‘Urgent action is needed to tackle an “unprecedented backlog” of court cases built up during the pandemic that has “severe implications” for victims, the UK’s four justice chief inspectors have warned.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2021

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A duty of care – what does the new standard of proof in inquests mean? – 5SAH

‘On the 11th of July 2016 a prisoner Mr James Maughan was found dead in his prison cell having hanged himself. The investigation into the factual circumstances surrounding his death found that he had a history of mental health issues and had previously made threats of self-harm. The evening before his death he had been in an agitated state.’

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5SAH, 7th January 2021

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‘Deep crisis’ in British prisons as use of force against inmates doubles – The Guardian

Posted January 4th, 2021 in news, prison officers, prisons, standards, statistics, violence by sally

‘The use of force against inmates has doubled over the past decade, amid continuing concern over high levels of violence and disorder in prisons. A loss of experienced prison staff, overcrowding and a subsequent growth in violence against both prisoners and staff has been blamed for force being used 49,111 times in England and Wales in the 12 months before the Covid pandemic began.’

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The Guardian, 3rd January 2021

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UK youth jail rebuked for keeping new inmates in solitary for two weeks – The Independent

Posted December 10th, 2020 in children, coronavirus, news, prisons, young offenders by tracey

‘A children’s prison has been criticised by inspectors after they found that new arrivals as young as 15 were being locked in solitary confinement in their rooms for a fortnight and allowed out for just 30 minutes a day because of concerns about coronavirus.’

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The Independent, 9th December 2020

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