Alex Schymyck: Vulnerable Detainees in Prison Illustrate the Need for Consistency as a Ground of Review – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted February 24th, 2020 in appeals, detention, immigration, news, prisons, Supreme Court by sally

‘In R (MR (Pakistan)) v Secretary of State for Justice & Others, the High Court rejected a claim that the inequality in procedural protections available to vulnerable immigration detainees, which depend significantly on the venue of detention, is irrational. The nature of the decision, which fails to properly evaluate the reasons advanced for the difference, highlights two problems caused by the Supreme Court’s refusal to accept consistency as a ground of review in R (Gallaher Group Ltd) v The Competition and Markets Authority. Firstly, the lack of a clear framework for how irrationality should be applied creates a risk that judges accept tangential or irrelevant justifications for inconsistency. Secondly, by keeping consistency within the irrationality framework without any articulation of how separation of powers concerns fluctuate in different contexts, there is a risk of overly deferential decisions. In MR (Pakistan) both of these risks materialised with seriously deleterious consequences for immigration detainees held in prisons.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 24th February 2020

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Prisons: what’s gone wrong & how to fix it – Counsel

‘An abysmal mess? What our prisons tell us about our country today – by Nick Hardwick.’

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Counsel, February 2020

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Case Preview: R (Maughan) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire – UKSC Blog

‘This case concerns the standard of proof applicable in inquest proceedings in cases of alleged suicide. It raises important and fundamental questions concerning the conduct of inquests, and will be of particular significance to bereaved families where the deceased is alleged to have committed suicide while in the care or custody of the state. The Supreme Court may also consider the position in relation to findings of unlawful killing.’

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UKSC Blog, 7th February 2020

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Two in five prisons in poor condition, watchdog finds – The Guardian

‘The government is failing in its efforts to improve prison conditions, with record levels of safety breaches and “huge” backlogs in repairs, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has found. The National Audit Office said plans to “provide and maintain safe, secure and decent prisons” had not been carried out.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2020

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Crimes unreported as public lose faith in police – BBC News

‘Victims are no longer reporting some crimes to police because so many offenders are never brought to justice. A new report said the public are losing faith in the criminal justice system and have “rumbled” that police do not have the capacity to investigate.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2020

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Jury finds serious failures at HMP Coldingley contributed to self-inflicted death of David Dunnings on IPP sentence – Garden Court Chambers

Posted February 6th, 2020 in inquests, news, prisons, suicide by sally

‘The inquest into the death of David Dunnings, 35, has concluded with the jury finding he died from suicide whilst at HMP Coldingley on 8 July 2017. He was serving an Indeterminate Sentence for Public Protection (IPP) and was significantly over tariff when he was moved to HMP Coldingley in September 2016.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 27th January 2020

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Number of self-harm incidents in prisons reaches record high – The Guardian

Posted February 4th, 2020 in news, prisons, self-harm, statistics by sally

‘Levels of self-harm in prisons have hit a new high, with more than 60,000 incidents in a year, official figures show.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2020

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Guildford cell death: Police ‘thought woman was asleep’ – BBC News

Posted February 4th, 2020 in death in custody, drug abuse, inquests, news, prisons by sally

‘A woman who was found dead in a police cell appeared to have stopped breathing the night before her body was found, an inquest jury has heard.’

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BBC News, 3rd February 2020

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Longer sentences will not cut crime, say prison experts – The Guardian

‘Boris Johnson’s hardline approach to justice will not cut crime and will only pile pressure on overstretched prisons, expert campaigners have said, as research reveals life sentences have already risen sharply.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2020

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Prison counsellor jailed for smuggling drugs after inmates threatened him to become courier – Daily Telegraph

‘A prison counsellor has been jailed for smuggling drugs inside a jail after he was threatened by inmates to become a courier when he scuppered their deals.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st January 2020

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High number of prison deaths are preventable, says damning new report – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2020 in inquests, mental health, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, standards, statistics, suicide by sally

‘The persistently high death toll in prisons is a “national scandal”, with too many deaths avoidable, according to a new report published on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2020

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Proportion of UK prisoners with drug problem doubles in five years – study – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2020 in drug abuse, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, statistics by sally

‘The proportion of prisoners developing a drug problem in custody has more than doubled in the past five years, research suggests.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2020

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Man arrested over killing of paedophile Richard Huckle – BBC News

‘A man has been arrested in connection with the death of one of Britain’s most prolific paedophiles.’

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BBC News, 13th January 2020

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Prison staff misconduct investigations rise by third – BBC News

‘Investigations into alleged misconduct by prison staff have risen by a third in a year, figures have revealed.’

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BBC News, 13th January 2020

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Blind sex offender cannot take guide dog to prison – BBC News

‘A man who sexually abused a 10-year-old girl has been jailed for seven years.’

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BBC News, 2nd January 2020

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Government accused of ignoring ‘calamitous failings’ caused by its own budget cuts with justice review – The Independent

‘Legal campaigners have attacked the government’s announcement of a royal commission on the criminal justice system for “ignoring” the impact of its own budget cuts.’

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The Independent, 19th December 2019

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Murder victim Andre Aderemi’s mum ‘outraged’ at killer’s Snapchat video – BBC News

Posted December 18th, 2019 in bereavement, families, murder, news, prisons, telecommunications, victims, video recordings by sally

‘A convicted murderer will be “disciplined” after posting a Snapchat video of himself in prison appearing to “mock” the family of the person he stabbed to death.’

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BBC News, 18th December 2019

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Joseph McCann guilty of horrific rapes after being freed by mistake – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2019 in child abuse, early release, inquiries, news, parole, prisons, probation, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘Joseph McCann, who has been convicted of a horrific series of rapes and kidnappings against 11 women and children, was freed in error to commit his crimes after authorities failed to realise he should have been in jail for a previous violent offence.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2019

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Prisons put terrorists on waiting list to receive help to deradicalise – The Guardian

‘Convicted terrorists are having to be put on waiting lists for the main government-backed programme that will turn them away from violent extremism, an expert has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2019

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Second terror suspect returned to prison as officers begin working through list of 69 suspects – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 3rd, 2019 in early release, imprisonment, news, police, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation, terrorism by tracey

‘A total of 69 violent jihadists, who have been released from prison early, will have their licence conditions tightened as part of the government’s crackdown in the wake of Usman Khan’s London Bridge attack.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2019

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