Prison inspectors given powers to alert minister to urgent problems – The Guardian

Posted November 30th, 2017 in ministers' powers and duties, news, notification, prisons, reports by tracey

‘The justice secretary, David Lidington, has unveiled a series of measures that the government hopes will urgently tackle failing prisons in England and Wales. From Thursday, the chief inspector of prisons has been given new powers to alert the justice secretary directly of any urgent and severe problems he finds during a jail inspection.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2017

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Prisons struggling to cope with geriatric inmates – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 29th, 2017 in elderly, news, prisons by sally

‘Prisons are struggling to cope with the soaring population of geriatric inmates, it has emerged.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th November 2017

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No overcrowding link to prison suicide, study suggests – BBC News

Posted November 27th, 2017 in mental health, news, prisons, suicide by sally

‘There is no clear link between prison suicides and overcrowding behind bars, an international study has suggested.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2017

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James Bulger’s killer returned to prison after probation officers ‘find child abuse images’ – Daily Telegraph

‘The killer of toddler James Bulger has reportedly been returned to prison after he was caught with child abuse images on his computer for the second time.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd November 2017

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Paedophile convicted after 35 years when his victim recognised him in prison cell – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in child abuse, imprisonment, news, prisons, sentencing, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘A paedophile was brought to justice 35 years after abusing a six-year-old boy when he found himself in the same prison cell as his victim.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st November 2017

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Youth prisons don’t deter criminals. They enable them – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2017 in children, detention, news, prisons, rehabilitation, young offenders by sally

‘Young offender institutions are cruel and counterproductive. Cressida Dick’s call for ‘harsher’ sentencing reveals her ignorance of the evidence.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2017

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Ministry of Justice abandons court battle on prisoners’ legal aid – The Guardian

Posted November 8th, 2017 in appeals, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons by tracey

‘Legal aid for prisoners will be restored for three key categories of claims after the Ministry of Justice abruptly abandoned what was expected to become a supreme court battle.’

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The Guardian, 7th November 2017

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Human rights lawyer: prisoner votes plan is ‘cynical’ – BBC News

Posted October 31st, 2017 in elections, human rights, news, prisons by sally

‘A lawyer for prisoners seeking the vote has called leaked government plans to enfranchise some inmates a “cynical” attempt to do the minimum required.’

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BBC News, 30th October 2017

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Prisoners Will Finally Be Given The Vote, Say Reports – Rights Info

‘A limited number of prisoners will be allowed to vote ending the UK’s total ban on prisoners voting, according to reports.’

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Rights Info, 29th October 2017

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Government reportedly planning to allow some UK prisoners to vote – The Guardian

‘The UK government is reportedly to scrap its blanket ban on prisoners being allowed to vote, 12 years after the European court of human rights ruled that it was unlawful.’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2017

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Pentonville Prison murder: Anonymous witness’s identity revealed – BBC News

Posted October 27th, 2017 in anonymity, evidence, murder, news, prisons, trials, witnesses by sally

‘An anonymous witness in the Pentonville prison murder trial pulled out of giving evidence when his cover was blown after less than an hour in court.’

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BBC News, 25th October 2017

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Violence and self-harm in UK prisons continue to surge – The Guardian

‘Violence in prisons has increased to record levels, according to new figures released by the Ministry of Justice, with 27,193 incidents of assault and serious assault in the year to June 2017.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2017

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Identity of anonymous prison murder trial witness mistakenly revealed in court – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 25th, 2017 in anonymity, murder, news, prisons, trials, witnesses by michael

‘An anonymous witness in the Pentonville prison murder trial has withdrawn after his cover was blown after less than an hour in court in what a judge described as a “very regrettable accident”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th October 2017

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Black and Muslim prisoners suffer worse treatment, study finds – The Guardian

‘Black and Muslim offenders are more likely to be badly treated in prison, leading to poorer outcomes and mental health concerns, research has found.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2017

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Disgraceful conditions at Bedford prison fuelled riot, watchdog finds – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2017 in news, prisons, release on licence, reports, sentencing, violent disorder by tracey

‘A riot at Bedford prison that led to two wings being “totally trashed” was fuelled by frustration over “disgraceful conditions” including a failure to provide basic items such as soap, cleaning materials and toilet paper, an official watchdog has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2017

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Black or Muslim inmates twice as likely to have negative experiences in prison, report finds – The Independent

Posted October 19th, 2017 in equality, news, prisons, race discrimination, racism, reports by tracey

‘Black and Muslim prisoners are twice as likely to have negative experiences in jail than white inmates – with the figure nearly four times as high for black Muslims – new research has revealed.’

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The Independent, 19th October 2017

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Prison has ‘deliberate policy’ of accepting sex offenders to help reduce violence, report finds – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 13th, 2017 in news, prisons, sexual offences, violence by tracey

‘One of the UK’s most violent prisons has begun a “deliberate policy” of accepting sex offenders to help tackle high levels of disturbance, according to a watchdog report.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th October 2017

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Prison has ‘deliberate policy’ of accepting sex offenders to help reduce violence, report finds – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 12th, 2017 in news, prisons, reports, sexual offences, violence by sally

‘One of the UK’s most violent prisons has begun a “deliberate policy” of accepting sex offenders to help tackle high levels of disturbance, according to a watchdog report.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th October 2017

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Closures of ageing jails on hold for five years as prison numbers soar – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2017 in bail, detention, imprisonment, news, prisons by sally

‘The head of the prison service has ruled out any closures over the next five years, shelving a 2017 Conservative manifesto pledge to shut down and sell off dilapidated Victorian jails across England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 12th October 2017

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Prison inmates given life sentences for murder of convicted double killer – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2017 in conspiracy, murder, news, prisons, sentencing by sally

‘Two prison inmates who murdered a convicted double killer in his cell after being “ordered by God” to attack him have both been handed life sentences.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2017

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