Charity Nacro in bid to run two new prisons – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 2nd, 2008 in news, prisons by sally

“Nacro, which attempts to cut crime by finding practical work for offenders, has formed a consortium with the private security firm G4S, a drugs charity and a construction company, its chief executive Paul Cavadino has confirmed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd September 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Record numbers of ex-soldiers in UK jails as combat trauma blamed – The Guardian

Posted September 1st, 2008 in armed forces, news, prisons, violent offenders by sally

“The number of soldiers who end up in prison for violent offences has increased dramatically in the past four years, according to a report that has raised concerns about the mental health of military personnel returning from war zones. Compiled by probation officers, the report estimates that at least 8,500 former soldiers are in custody – 9 per cent of the UK prison population and nearly double the estimate of a previous study by the Home Office in 2004, which put the figure at 5 per cent.”

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The Guardian, 31st August 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Titan prisons to be rebranded as ‘cluser jails’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 1st, 2008 in news, prisons by sally

“Controversial ‘Titan prisons’ proposed by the Government to ease jail overcrowding have met with such widespread opposition that ministers are considering changing their name in a ‘rebranding’ exercise.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st August 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Prison reformers condemn new ‘Titan’ jails as a ‘gigantic mistake’ – The Independent

Posted August 28th, 2008 in news, prisons by sally

“Proposals to build three huge new jails would ‘squander’ public money and leave Britain the prisons capital of Europe, a coalition of 34 penal reform groups and unions warn today.”

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The Independent, 28th August 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Titan jails ‘could be dangerous’ – BBC News

Posted August 26th, 2008 in news, prisons by sally

“The proposed giant Titan jails could be dangerous and ministers have failed to explain why they would save money, a prisons watchdog has said.”

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BBC News, 26th August 2008

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‘Growing violence’ at UK prison – BBC News

Posted August 20th, 2008 in news, prisons by sally

“An inspection of one of Britain’s high-security prisons has raised concern about levels of violence.”

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BBC News, 19th August 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man sues over jail ‘error’ claim – BBC News

Posted August 19th, 2008 in forgery, news, passports, prisons, young offenders by sally

“An immigrant who was sent to an adult prison because he lied about his age on a fake passport is suing the Home Office for ‘unlawful detainment’.”

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BBC News, 19th August 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Prisons accused over elderly care – BBC News

Posted August 13th, 2008 in elderly, news, prisons by sally

“Prison bosses in England and Wales have failed to respond to a call to introduce special policies for elderly inmates, the prisons inspector says.”

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BBC News, 12th August 2008

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Discussion paper on prison mother and baby units – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 1st, 2008 in news, prisons, women by sally

“Maria Eagle’s response to the Children’s Commissioner for England about the findings of his report ‘Prison Mother and Baby Units’.”

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Ministry of Justice, 1st August

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Rapist ‘must be found new cell’ – BBC News

Posted August 1st, 2008 in disabled persons, news, prisons by sally

“A judge has ordered that a near-blind and disabled rapist should be found a different cell because of the convict’s squalid conditions behind bars.”

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BBC News, 31st July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Foreign inmates reach record number in spite of ministers’ drive to increase deportations – The Times

Posted August 1st, 2008 in news, prisons by sally

“Record numbers of foreign prisoners are being held in jails in England and Wales, according to government figures published yesterday.”

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The Times, 1st August 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

31,500 prisoners released early – BBC News

Posted July 31st, 2008 in early release, news, prisons by sally

“More than 31,500 criminals were freed early in England and Wales in the first year of a scheme to free up overcrowded jails, official figures show.”

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BBC News, 31st July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Mason v Ministry of Justice – WLR Daily

Posted July 31st, 2008 in human rights, law reports, parole, prisons by sally

Mason v Ministry of Justice [2008] EWHC 1787 (QB); [2008] WLR (D) 265

“The discretion to release a prisoner on home detention curfew could lawfully be exercised by the executive. An individual’s right under art 5(4) of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, to take proceedings by which the lawfulness of his detention could be decided, was adequately protected by the possibility of review of decisions of the executive on general public law principles.”

WLR Daily, 30th July 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Criminal justice reforms a ‘significant contributor’ to prison overcrowding, say MPs – The Guardian

Posted July 22nd, 2008 in news, prisons by sally

“Prison reform has been hastily implemented, underfunded and has left record numbers behind bars, MPs said in a scathing report published today.”

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Inmates ‘sleeping in toilet area’ – BBC News

Posted July 22nd, 2008 in news, prisons by sally

“Some prisoners are living and sleeping in toilets because of jail overcrowding, a report says.”

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BBC News, 22nd July 2008

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National Offender Management Service agency framework document – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 18th, 2008 in news, prisons by sally

“The Framework Document for the National Offender Management Agency (NOMS) sets out the government’s vision for NOMS and how it will be governed as an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice.”

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Ministry of Justice, 17th July 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Freedom Of Information: Government warned of prison crisis for dangerous inmates – The Independent

Posted July 18th, 2008 in dangerous offenders, prisons, sentencing, special report by sally

“The much vaunted indeterminate public protection sentence was brought in two years ago, but the system couldn’t cope, says Robert Verkaik, Law Editor.”

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The Independent, 18th July 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Review call after inmates abscond – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2008 in news, prisons by sally

“Calls have been made to review home leave for prisoners after three inmates went on the run from open jails in Tayside and Angus.”

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BBC News, 18th July 2008

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Jailed murderer claims discrimination over status – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2008 in news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

“A long-term prisoner will go to the high court in London today to try to overturn an official policy that condemns him to remain in jail indefinitely because he is protesting his innocence.”

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The Guardian, 15th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ministers await ruling on release of 700 dangerous offenders – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2008 in dangerous offenders, news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

“More than 700 violent prisoners will be released and may be awarded thousands of pounds in compensation if the government loses an appeal court case this month.”

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The Guardian, 15th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk