Prison population reaches all-time high – The Guardian

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

“The number of prisoners in England and Wales reached an all-time high today.”

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The Guardian, 25th April 2008

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Jail inmates win £120,000 payout over abuse claims – The Guardian

Posted April 25th, 2008 in compensation, news, prisons by sally

“The Prison Service yesterday agreed to pay more than £120,000 to prisoners who said they had suffered beatings and racial discrimination by prison officers, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 25th April 2008

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Almost 3,000 children now held in custody – The Independent

Posted April 21st, 2008 in news, prisons, young offenders by sally

“A drive to cut the number of children behind bars in England and Wales – the highest in western Europe – has failed.”

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The Independent, 19th April 2008

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R (Black) v Secretary of State for Justice – WLR Daily

Posted April 18th, 2008 in human rights, law reports, parole, prisons by sally

R (Black) v Secretary of State for Justice [2008] EWCA Civ 359; [2008] WLR (D) 114

“S 35(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 1991, giving the Secretary of State power to override a Parole Board recommendation for the release on parole of a prisoner serving a sentence of more than 15 years, was not compatible with art 5(4) of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.”

WLR Daily, 17th April 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.

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

Posted April 18th, 2008 in human rights, law reports, parole, prisons by sally

Regina (Black) v Secretary of State for Justice

Court of Appeal

“Section 35 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991, giving the Secretary of State for Justice power to block the release on licence of prisoners sentenced between 1991 and 2003 to prison terms of more than 15 years, was not compatible with article 5.4 of the European Convention on Human Rights, providing that anyone deprived of his liberty had the right to have the lawfulness of his detention decided speedily by a court.”

The Times, 18th April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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Inmates win ‘cold turkey’ payout – The Times

Posted April 18th, 2008 in compensation, human rights, news, prisons by sally

“Taxpayers have footed a £1 million compensation bill after almost 200 drug-addicted prisoners sued the Government, claiming that denying them a heroin substitute breached their human rights.”

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The Times, 18th April 2008

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Justice Secretary Jack Straw loses right to block release for prisoners – The Times

Posted April 16th, 2008 in dangerous offenders, human rights, news, prisons by sally

“The Justice Secretary lost his last power to block the release of dangerous prisoners from jail yesterday when the Court of Appeal ruled that it was a breach of human rights.”

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The Times, 16th April 2008

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Jail staff failing to counter extremism, warns inspector – The Guardian

Posted April 15th, 2008 in Islam, news, prisons by sally

“Inadequately trained staff inside Belmarsh high security prison are failing to challenge extremism and are in danger of feeding radicalisation by alienating Muslim inmates, the chief inspector of prisons warns. Anne Owers says staff at the London jail, which holds nearly 200 Muslims, face a danger of fuelling anti-western attitudes.”

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The Guardian, 15th April 2008

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Big rise in rate of self-harm in jail, says charity – The Guardian

Posted April 14th, 2008 in news, prisons, self-harm by sally

“Rates of self-harm in jail have rocketed in the last four years, a prison reform charity claims today. The Howard League for Penal Reform says the number of prisoners deliberately injuring themselves had risen at four times the rate of the jail population increase.”

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The Guardian, 14th April 2008

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Religious rule may let Muslim sex offenders off jail therapy – The Times

Posted April 9th, 2008 in Islam, news, prisons, sexual offences by sally

“Muslims convicted of sex offences could opt out of treatment programmes intended to stop them offending because open discussion of their crimes is against their religion.”

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The Times, 9th April 2008

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Faith in legal system vanishing, says judge – The Times

Posted April 3rd, 2008 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“Britain’s most senior judge spoke out yesterday against the early release of prisoners, which he said undermined confidence in the judicial system.”

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The Times, 3rd April 2008

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Sick and suicidal: plight of women in UK jails – The Guardian

Posted March 31st, 2008 in prisons, self-harm, special report, women by sally

“Most women prisoners have mental health problems, and nine of out 10 were convicted of non-violent offences. Now a new study shows an alarming rise in suicides and self-harm – and behind the statistics lie ruined lives and shattered relatives. With four inquests about to open, Amelia Hill reports on the growing scandal in Britain’s penal system.”

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The Guardian, 30th March 2008

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Early release of terrorists prompts Straw to rethink prisons policy – The Independent

Posted March 29th, 2008 in news, prisons, terrorism by sally

“Ministers were forced into a rapid rethink of a controversial early-release scheme last night after it emerged that two prisoners convicted of terrorism-related offences had been freed earlier this year.”

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The Independent, 29th March 2008

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Islamist terrorist freed under early-release scheme – The Times

Posted March 28th, 2008 in news, prisons, terrorism by sally

“A convicted Islamist terrorist who was caught trying to smuggle blueprints into Britain showing how to build a missile has been released from prison early under the Government’s controversial plans to ease prison overcrowding.”

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The Times, 28th March 2008

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Prisons ‘to remain at bursting’ says Jack Straw – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 27th, 2008 in news, prisons by sally

“Prisons will be at bursting point for the next two years, Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, has admitted. His disclosure will prompt fears that emergency measures, such as the use of police cells to house prisoners and early release schemes are here to stay.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th March 2008

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Prisoners were paid £730,000 in university grants loophole – The Times

Posted March 26th, 2008 in education, news, prisons by sally

“Prisoners have been paid student grants and loans totalling £730,000 while taking university courses in jail, the Government admitted yesterday.”

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The Times, 26th March 2008

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Former lord chief justice condemns ministers over prison conditions – The Guardian

Posted March 17th, 2008 in criminal justice, news, prisons by sally

“The former lord chief justice, Lord Woolf, has launched a stinging attack on the government’s criminal justice and prison policy, blaming it for allowing prisons to get so crowded that offenders have little chance to reform and abandon crime.”

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The Guardian, 17th March 2008

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Drug addicts ‘should not be locked up’ – The Independent

Posted March 17th, 2008 in drug abuse, news, prisons by sally

“Too many minor criminals with drug problems are being jailed and then receive poor treatment in prison, a damning report warns today.”

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The Independent, 17th March 2008

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NSPCC calls for end to abuse in custody – The Independent

Posted March 17th, 2008 in child abuse, news, prisons by sally

“Britain’s biggest children’s charity will tomorrow (17 March) launch a campaign demanding an end to ‘violent’ and ‘degrading’ assaults on children in custody.”

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The Independent, 16th March 2008

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Inspector urges temporary closure of child jail – The Guardian

Posted March 17th, 2008 in child abuse, news, prisons by sally

“An unprecendented call for the temporary closure of a privately run child jail because of its ‘staggeringly high level of use of force by staff’ is made today by the chief inspector of prisons.”

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The Guardian, 17th March 2008

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