Criminal justice reform promised – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 25th, 2010 in crime, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, press releases, prisons by sally

“The policing and criminal justice minister has laid out government plans for creating a system shaped by the principles of freedom, fairness and responsibility.”

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Ministry of Justice, 24th June 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Police, prisons and probation ‘failing to tackle child gangs’ – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2010 in children, gangs, news, police, prisons, probation, reports by sally

“Police, prisons and probation services are failing to tackle the growing dangers of young people getting involved in gangs, according to a damning new report.”

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prison governors: short sentences do not work – The Independent

Posted June 21st, 2010 in news, prisons, probation, recidivists, rehabilitation, sentencing by sally

“The backlash against short-term prison sentences intensified today after the representative bodies of both prison governors and probation officers condemned them as expensive and ineffective.”

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The Independent, 21st June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Cookham Wood jail breast cancer ruling quashed – BBC News

Posted June 18th, 2010 in appeals, cancer, medical treatment, negligence, news, prisons by sally

“A woman’s right to claim for damages after doctors failed to diagnose her breast cancer while she was in prison in Kent has been quashed.”

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BBC News, 18th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

The cost of sentencing – BBC Law in Action

Posted June 16th, 2010 in judiciary, Ministry of Justice, podcasts, prisons, sentencing by sally

“As the Lord Chancellor considers ways of cutting the number of people in prison, Joshua Rozenberg asks if the judges should save money by changing the way they sentence offenders.”

Podcast

BBC Law in Action, 15th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Prisoners must get vote by next year, warns Europe – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 9th, 2010 in elections, human rights, news, prisons by sally

“Prisoners in Britain must be given the vote in time for elections next year, the Council of Europe said yesterday as it stepped up pressure on the new coalition Government to abide by a five-year-old court ruling.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th June 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Former head of prisons: short sentences don’t stop reoffending – The Independent

Posted June 9th, 2010 in community service, news, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation, sentencing by sally

“Prison has no effect in stopping thousands of criminals reoffending and politicians should look again at whether it is a suitable punishment for minor crimes, the outgoing head of the prison service has said.”

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The Independent, 9th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Europe pressures Westminster on votes for prisoners – The Guardian

Posted June 1st, 2010 in elections, human rights, news, prisons by sally

“The government faces being hauled before the European court of human rights unless it gives prisoners the right to vote as a matter of urgency.”

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The Guardian, 30th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Baha Mousa inquiry to quiz Geoff Hoon and Adam Ingram – BBC News

Posted May 27th, 2010 in armed forces, inquiries, Iraq, news, prisons, torture by sally

“Two former Labour defence ministers are to be questioned at a public inquiry about the alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners by British troops.”

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BBC News, 27th May 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

£1m each spent on most dangerous killers ‘about locking people up’ – The Guardian

Posted May 27th, 2010 in murder, news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

“A £200m scheme to treat some of Britain’s most dangerous killers should be abandoned as it is too expensive with no positive results, and in some cases left prisoners more aggressive than before they entered jail, according to a leading academic.”

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The Guardian, 26th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prison population hits record 85,000 after end of early releases – The Guardian

Posted April 26th, 2010 in early release, news, prisons by sally

“The prison population has hit a record 85,000 after Labour’s decision to end the 18-day early release scheme just before the election campaign got under way.”

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Paedophile killer’s jail term cut by 10 years – BBC News

Posted April 23rd, 2010 in death in custody, murder, news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“A murderer who killed one of the country’s most notorious paedophiles while in a Cambridge prison has had his minimum jail term cut by 10 years.”

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BBC News, 23rd April 2010

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Burglar takes legal action over prisoner vote ban – BBC News

Posted April 22nd, 2010 in elections, news, prisons by sally

“A convicted burglar is taking legal action against the government because he is unable to vote in the election.”

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BBC News, 21st April 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

MoD is failing its war veterans, leaving many to face jail terms, peer says – The Guardian

“Britain should appoint a cabinet minister responsible for the welfare of ex-service personnel amid concern over the rising number who end up in custody after returning home from a war zone, a former prisons inspector says.”

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The Guardian, 14th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Parole chief: release more prisoners – The Guardian

Posted April 1st, 2010 in news, parole, prisons, probation, release on licence by sally

“Large numbers of prisoners who pose no danger to the public are trapped in jail because society has become risk-averse over whether to release them on licence, the chair of the Parole Board for England and Wales said tonight.”

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The Guardian, 31st March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prisoners denied release after fears of public backlash – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 1st, 2010 in news, parole, prisons, probation, release on licence by sally

“Large numbers of prisoners are being held behind bars despite posing no threat to society, the chair of the Parole Board for England and Wales said last night.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st April 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Prison monitor who had ‘phone sex’ with inmates spared jail – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 31st, 2010 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“A prison monitor has been given a suspended jail sentence for sending explicit photographs of herself and engaging in ‘phone sex’ with inmates.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

No compensation for Ian Huntley, says Jack Straw – The Independent

Posted March 24th, 2010 in assault, compensation, news, prisons by sally

“The Government has ‘absolutely no intention’ of paying compensation to Soham killer Ian Huntley after he was attacked in prison, Justice Secretary Jack Straw said today.”

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The Independent, 23rd March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Yarl’s Wood detained baby for 100 days, damning report reveals – The Guardian

Posted March 24th, 2010 in children, detention, immigration, news, prisons, reports by sally

“A baby spent 100 days in detention in Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre, the chief inspector of prisons discloses in a highly critical report published tomorrow.”

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The Guardian, 24th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prisoner sues after he is banned from smoking – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 23rd, 2010 in news, prisons, punishment, smoking by sally

“A prisoner addicted to tobacco is seeking damages after he was banned from smoking for swearing at a prison officer.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk