New prisoners’ employment training initiative launched – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 11th, 2008 in press releases, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

“An innovative scheme which will give prisoners the chance to change their ways by learning technology skills has been launched by Prisons Minister David Hanson MP and Skills Minister David Lammy MP. The initiative is also supported by the Department for Work and Pensions.”

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Ministry of Justice, 10th June 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Revealed: how drugs trade took hold of British prisons – The Guardian

Posted June 9th, 2008 in drug trafficking, news, prisons by sally

“The government says it’s under control but a devastating new report reveals that a sophisticated new drugs trade is flooding British prisons with record levels of cocaine, cannabis and even heroin. In many cases it’s aided and abetted by corrupt prison guards. Jamie Doward reports.”

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The Guardian, 8th June 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prisons Minister launches Titan consultation – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 5th, 2008 in consultations, news, prisons by sally

“A consultation on the development of up to three 2,500-place Titan prisons was launched today by Prisons Minister David Hanson MP.”

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Ministry of Justice, 5th June 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

WI in prison mental health call – BBC News

Posted June 5th, 2008 in mental health, news, prisons by sally

“Women’s Institute members have voted overwhelmingly to back a resolution calling for an end to ‘inappropriate imprisonment’ of the mentally ill.”

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BBC News, 4th June 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Gichura v Home Office and Another – Times Law Reports

Posted June 4th, 2008 in disability discrimination, law reports, prisons by sally

Gichura v Home Office and Another

Court of Appeal

“Fulfilling a public duty and providing services could occur at the same time.”

The Times, 4th June 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Prisoners turning down the chance of early release – The Times

Posted June 4th, 2008 in early release, news, prisons by sally

“Britain’s jails will be criticised today as no more than costly bed-and-breakfast lodgings as new figures show that thousands of prisoners a year reject the chance of early release.”

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The Times, 4th June 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Jails ‘miss out-of-cell targets’ – BBC News

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

“‘Impossible’ claims about how much time inmates spend out of cells have been made by jails in England and Wales, the Chief Inspector of Prisons has said.”

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BBC News, 2nd June 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Prisoners released early to free up space – The Independent

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

“More than 500 prisoners are to be released just halfway through their sentences in an effort to free desperately-needed space in overcrowded jails.”

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The Independent, 28th May 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Prisons unable to cope with rising levels of mentally ill inmates – The Independent

Posted May 27th, 2008 in mental health, news, prisons by sally

“Prison mental health services are struggling to cope as overstretched staff try to deal with rising levels of mental illness among prisoners, a major report will warn next week. Thousands of seriously mentally ill prisoners are being released untreated back into the community, it says.”

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The Independent, 25th May 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Muslim gangs ‘are taking control of prison’ – The Guardian

Posted May 27th, 2008 in Islam, news, prisons by sally

“Prison officers at one of Britain’s maximum security jails are losing control to Muslim gangs, according to a confidential report obtained by The Observer. An internal review of Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire warns that staff believe a ‘serious incident is imminent’ as several wings become dominated by Muslim prisoners.”

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The Guardian, 25th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Gichura v Home Office and another – WLR Daily

Posted May 22nd, 2008 in disability discrimination, law reports, prisons by sally

Gichura v Home Office and another; [2008] WLR (D) 164

Once a disabled detainee had gone through the administrative stage on arrival at a detention centre the services subsequently provided came within the scope of s 19(2) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.”

WLR Daily, 21st May 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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

Information on accessing court, tribunal and prison service records – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 19th, 2008 in courts, data protection, news, prisons, tribunals by sally

“Updated guidance for researchers on accessing court, tribunal and prison service records.”

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Ministry of Justice, 16th May 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Taping killer’s calls broke the rules, Jack Straw admits – The Times

Posted May 16th, 2008 in confidentiality, interception, news, prisons, privilege by sally

“Prison staff bugged conversations between a convicted killer and his solicitor without authorisation, Jack Straw admitted yesterday.”

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The Times, 16th May 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Jail terms ‘to reflect capacity’ – BBC News

Posted May 15th, 2008 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“Prison sentences would be set nationally by an independent body depending on the amount of space in jails, under government plans.”

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BBC News, 15th May 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Cherie slams Labour on ‘factory farm’ jails – The Guardian

Posted May 12th, 2008 in criminal justice, news, prisons by sally

“Cherie Blair has attacked the government’s handling of the criminal justice system by accusing Britain’s jails of failing to protect the public. In an outspoken speech that has drawn a strong rebuttal from the Ministry of Justice, Blair, a judge and QC, said at a human rights seminar that Britain had a ‘factory farm attitude to imprisonment’.”

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The Guardian, 11th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Pagan convicts allowed magic wands in cells – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 12th, 2008 in news, prisons by sally

“Hundreds of Pagan worshippers locked up in British jails have been given the right to take twigs into their cells to use as magic wands.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th May 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Straw rejects absconding fears over open prisons – The Guardian

Posted May 6th, 2008 in dangerous offenders, news, prisons by sally

“The justice secretary, Jack Straw, yesterday denied a claim by a prison officers’ leader that the public was placed at ‘massive risk’ by dangerous criminals being moved to open prisons.”

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The Guardian, 6th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Risk’ from open prison criminals – BBC News

Posted May 6th, 2008 in dangerous offenders, news, prisons by sally

“Dangerous criminals are being placed in low security open prisons due to overcrowding, at ‘massive’ risk to the general public, the BBC has learned.”

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BBC News, 5th May 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Peart Review – Attorney General’s Office

Posted May 2nd, 2008 in dangerous offenders, prisons, reports by sally

“A review to ascertain the circumstances in which Anthony John Peart, aka Anthony Leon Joseph, came to be at liberty on 29 July 2005”

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Attorney General’s Office, 28th April 2008

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Pregnant prisoner chained up in hospital 24 hours a day – The Guardian

Posted April 28th, 2008 in news, pregnancy, prisons, women by sally

“A prisoner who was admitted to hospital after serious complications during her pregnancy was shackled to a security officer on a metre-long chain while she slept, showered and used the toilet.”

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The Guardian, 28th April 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk