Inquiry launched into death of woman at Derbyshire prison – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2019 in death in custody, news, ombudsmen, prisons by tracey

‘An investigation has been launched after a 26-year-old woman died at a Derbyshire prison.’

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The Guardian, 13th October 2019

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Scheme giving ex-offenders a stable place to live up and running – Ministry of Justice

‘A scheme giving vulnerable ex-offenders stable accommodation to help them rebuild their lives and stay away from crime is now up and running, Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer announced today (10 October 2019).’

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Ministry of Justice, 10th october 2019

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Prison officer jailed for inappropriate relationship with prisoner – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A prison officer has been jailed for misconduct in a public office after having an inappropriate relationship with a serving prisoner.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th October 2019

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Sex offender: ‘I’ve never had so many deviant thoughts’ – BBC News

‘In 2017, the government’s flagship treatment scheme for people convicted in England and Wales of rape or child sexual abuse was scrapped after it was shown to raise the risk of reoffending. Two sex offenders have told BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 programme what it was like to take part in the rehabilitation programme.’

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BBC News, 8th October 2019

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HMP Bronzefield baby death ‘subject of 10 investigations’ – BBC News

‘The death of a newborn baby whose mother gave birth alone at Britain’s largest women’s prison is the subject of 10 investigations, a justice minister has told the Commons.’

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BBC News, October 2019

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HMP Coldingley prisoners ‘throw human waste out of cell windows’ – BBC News

Posted September 26th, 2019 in health & safety, news, prisons, reports by tracey

‘Prison inmates have been resorting to throwing human waste out of their cell windows because of a lack of toilets, a report has found. The Independent Monitoring Board said it was “appalled at the lack of in-cell sanitation” at Surrey’s HMP Coldingley.’

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BBC News, 26th September 2019

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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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