Judge claims prisoners sentenced to six months serve ‘just a few days’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 24th, 2009 in assault, early release, news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“A judge allowed a man convicted of assault to walk free from court as he questioned whether offenders sentenced to six months or less serve more than a few days in prison.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th October 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Prisoner’s High Court battle for the right to vote – The Independent

Posted October 23rd, 2009 in elections, human rights, news, prisons by sally

“A prisoner has launched a High Court battle for the right to vote in parliamentary and EU elections.”

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The Independent, 23rd October 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Prisons accused of transferring most difficult inmates to pass inspections – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2009 in news, prison officers, prisons, transfer of prisoners by sally

“Wandsworth and Pentonville jails are accused of attempting to dupe inspectors.”

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The Guardian, 18th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Calls to scrap short jail terms – BBC News

Posted October 6th, 2009 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“Prison sentences of less than a year should be abolished because they do not work, prison governors will hear at their annual conference later.”

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BBC News, 6th October 2009

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Cash-strapped jails ‘ready to blow’, governor warns – The Guardian

Posted October 6th, 2009 in news, prisons by sally

“The prison population is now so large that there is the potential for a ‘catastrophe of widespread disorder’ by inmates as jails struggle to make savings demanded by ministers, the president of the Prison Governors’ Association warns tomorrow.”

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The Guardian, 5th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Coroner condemns Rye Hill jail where prisoner on suicide watch bled to death – The Guardian

Posted September 24th, 2009 in inquests, news, prisons, suicide by sally

“A coroner today (23 September) condemned ‘appalling and unacceptable conditions’ at a privately-run prison where an inmate on suicide watch was allowed to bleed to death. Aleksey Baranovsky, 33, a Ukrainian national, died in a blood-covered cell at HMP Rye Hill, Warwickshire, in June 2006.”

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The Guardian, 23rd September 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Cash crisis in prisoner rehabilitation scheme adds to overcrowding – The Independent

Posted September 17th, 2009 in news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

“Hundreds of convicts who could be released are being held in jails because the Government has failed to pay for enough drug treatment and rehabilitation courses, a leading prison governor warned yesterday.”

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The Independent, 17th September 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Killer wins birthmark op battle – BBC News

Posted September 3rd, 2009 in medical treatment, news, prisons by sally

“A man serving a life sentence for a double murder has won a High Court victory over his right to have cosmetic surgery on the NHS.”

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BBC News, 2nd September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Two-thirds of prisons overcrowded says report – The Independent

Posted August 25th, 2009 in news, prisons by sally

“Two-thirds of prisons in England and Wales are overcrowded, figures revealed today, with some jails holding hundreds more inmates than they were built for.”

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The Independent, 25th August 2009

Source: www.independent

Vegan prisoners win right to “cruelty free” products in jail – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 24th, 2009 in news, prisons, veganism by sally

“Vegan prisoners have won the right to order ethically-sourced food, toiletries and cosmetics in jail.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th August 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Jailed drug dealer gets 18-year sentence for running cocaine ring from his cell – The Guardian

Posted August 19th, 2009 in drug trafficking, news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“Two prisoners ran an international cocaine ring from their jail cells in England and Panama, a court heard today.”

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The Guardian, 18th August 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Desperate’ prisons jam more in cells – The Guardian

Posted August 17th, 2009 in news, prisons by sally

“The government has been accused of presiding over a ‘desperate’ attempt to manage the prisons crisis by placing thousands more offenders in some of the oldest jails which are already operating at close to capacity.”

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The Guardian, 16th August 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prison system is punishing me for biopic, says Bronson – The Independent

Posted August 17th, 2009 in news, prisons by sally

“He was feted by the film studio as a misunderstood prisoner locked up for 35 years because he dared to fight the system. But a year after the biopic of Charles Bronson won rave reviews at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and helped frame calls for his release, prisoner BT1314 is back in trouble.”

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The Independent, 15th August 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

One third of all children in jails are ‘wrongly imprisoned’ – The Independent

Posted August 14th, 2009 in children, news, prisons by sally

“More than a third of children sent to prison last year were wrongly jailed, a report into child custody rates says.”

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The Independent, 13th August 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

R (Bary) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; R (Al Fawwaz) v Same – WLR Daily

Posted August 11th, 2009 in extradition, human rights, law reports, prisons by sally

R (Bary) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; R (Al Fawwaz) v Same [2009] EWHC 2068(Admin); [2009] WLR (D) 284

“When considering the lawfulness of extradition by reference to the likely prison conditions which a person, if extradited, would face upon conviction in the requesting country, the question whether the high threshold under art 3 of the Convention on Human Rights for inhuman or degrading treatment would be crossed would depend on the facts of the particular case. There was no common standard for what did or did not amount to inhuman or degrading treatment throughout the many different countries in the world.”

WLR Daily, 10th August 2009

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.

Prison population at record high despite early releases – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 10th, 2009 in early release, news, prisons by sally

“The prison population has hit a record high despite more than 65,000 criminals being released early to ease overcrowding in the last two years.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th August 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina (P) v Secretary of State for Justice – Times Law Reports

Posted July 23rd, 2009 in inquiries, law reports, prisons, young offenders by sally

Regina (P) v Secretary of State for Justice

Court of Appeal

“A real and immediate risk to life was required to justify a self-harming young man’s request that the State investigate treatment he received while detained in a young offenders institution.”

The Times, 23rd July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Jack Straw cracks down on trivial prisoner legal claims – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 17th, 2009 in legal aid, press releases, prisons by sally

“Jack Straw has announced proposals to crack down on nuisance legal claims and new powers to seize money from prisoners.”

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Ministry of Justice, 16th July 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Don’t deny justice to prisoners – The Guardian

Posted July 17th, 2009 in legal aid, news, prisons by sally

“Jack Straw plans to cut ‘nuisance’ legal claims by prisoners. But doing so risks a return to the bad old days of rooftop protest.”

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The Guardian, 17th July 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal aid for prisoners to be capped as Jack Straw criticises lawyers – The Times

Posted July 16th, 2009 in legal aid, news, prisons by sally

“Prisoners are to be blocked from seeking legal aid to bring ‘trivial’ cases against the Prison Service under plans to be announced by the Government today.”

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The Times, 16th July 2o09

Source; www.timesonline.co.uk