Inside child prisons – BBC Today

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

“There are currently around 300 children aged 10 to 17 locked up in England and Wales. ”

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BBC Today, 13th April 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Prisoners to get right to vote after 140 years following European ruling – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 9th, 2009 in elections, news, prisons by sally

“Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, is considering allowing anyone sentenced to less than four years the right to cast a ballot. This would result in more than 28,000 prisoners voting.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th April 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

R (Coleman) v Governor of Wayland Prison and another – WLR Daily

Posted April 7th, 2009 in judicial review, law reports, prisons by sally

R (Coleman) v Governor of Wayland Prison and another; [2009] WLR (D) 132

“While a mobile telephone found in the possession of a prisoner might properly be taken away from him, neither rule 43(5) of the Prison Rules 1999 nor the common law provided a prison governor with power to destroy the mobile telephone.”

WLR Daily, 6th April 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.

Verdict on prison death quashed – BBC News

Posted April 3rd, 2009 in inquests, news, prisons, suicide by sally

“A fresh inquest has been ordered into the death of a prison inmate who was found hanged in his cell.”

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BBC News, 3rd April 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Early prison releases top 50,000 – BBC News

Posted April 1st, 2009 in early release, news, prisons by sally

“More than 50,000 criminals have been released from prison early under a scheme aimed at reducing overcrowding, Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures show.”

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BBC News, 31st March 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Prisoners ‘to be able to vote at next election’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 30th, 2009 in elections, news, prisons by sally

“Prisoners could be given the vote by next year in a double offensive to force Jack Straw to implement a controversial European ruling.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th March 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Emergency law to halt inmates’ court payouts for slopping out – The Guardian

Posted March 20th, 2009 in compensation, human rights, news, prisons by sally

“Ministers are to introduce emergency legislation to prevent thousands of prison inmates pursuing more than £55m in compensation for a breach of human rights over ‘slopping out’.”

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The Guardian, 20th March 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

More power for JPs raises fear of prison overcrowding crisis – The Times

Posted March 20th, 2009 in magistrates, news, prisons by sally

“Longer prison sentences for assault, theft and benefit fraud are likely under plans to overhaul the courts system. But the proposed stronger powers for magistrates could bring the country’s overcrowded prisons to breaking point, campaign groups say.”

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The Times, 20th March 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Jack Straw spent £75 million on temporary cells – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 16th, 2009 in detention, news, prisons by sally

“A scheme to house prisoners in police stations because of prison overcrowding has cost taxpayers £75 million.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th March 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Charles Bronson recording at premiere sparks calls for investigation – The Guardian

Posted March 12th, 2009 in news, prisons by sally

“Prison officers have demanded an inquiry after a recording of the voice of Britain’s most notorious prisoner was played at the premiere of a film based on his life.”

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The Guardian, 11th March 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Abandoned jail and probation computer project cost £155m – The Guardian

Posted March 12th, 2009 in news, prisons, probation by sally

“An attempt to introduce a computer system for the prison and probation services that was abandoned after three years, after it had already cost £155m in public money, was last night labelled ‘a masterclass in sloppy project management’.”

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The Guardian, 12th March 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prisoners paid £5m compensation for early release – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 9th, 2009 in compensation, early release, news, prisons by sally

“Criminals released early from prison under a scheme to end overcrowding have been paid more than £5 million in compensation, official figures show.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th March 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Is this Britain’s most successful prison? – The Independent

Posted March 9th, 2009 in news, prisons by sally

“HMP Grendon is a prison with a mission, a unique high-security facility where inmates face up to their crimes through group therapy, role-playing and psychoanalysis. And studies show this pioneering approach to rehabilitation produces extraordinary results.”

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The Independent, 7th March 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Treating offenders with mental health issues ‘would save £700m’ – The Guardian

Posted February 24th, 2009 in mental health, news, prisons by sally

“The government could shave £700m annually from criminal justice costs if it overhauled the process for diverting offenders with mental health problems from jail to the mental health system, according to new research.”

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The Guardian, 23rd February 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prisoners’ legal bill ‘colossal’ – BBC News

Posted February 10th, 2009 in legal aid, news, prisons by sally

“The cost to taxpayers of funding legal action brought by prisoners is almost 20 times higher than it was seven years ago, new figures have shown.”

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BBC News, 10th February 2009

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Legal aid and prisoners – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 10th, 2009 in legal aid, news, prisons by sally

“Justice Minister Lord Bach has today made a written ministerial statement on a consultation on legal aid and prisoners.”

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Ministry of Justice, 10th February 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Jury blasts staff over death in cell – The Times

Posted February 10th, 2009 in inquests, mental health, news, prisons, suicide by sally

“Staff at a privately run jail failed to do all they could to ensure the safety of an inmate who killed himself while suffering a mental illness, a coroner’s jury ruled yesterday.”

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The Times, 10th February 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Prisoners demand right to be fathers after landmark European ruling – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 9th, 2009 in human rights, news, parental rights, prisons by sally

“Six prisoners in British jails have applied to have children with their partners following a landmark European court ruling that their human rights would be breached if they are prevented from becoming fathers.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th February 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

Posted February 6th, 2009 in law reports, mental health, prisons by sally

Regina (TF) v Secretary of State for Justice

Court of Appeal

“A prisoner could be transferred to a mental hospital at the end of his sentence, only if two doctors recommended it and his medical condition and treatability justified it.”

The Times, 6th February 2009

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.

‘Too many’ mentally ill in jails – BBC News

Posted February 4th, 2009 in mental health, news, prisons by sally

“Thousands of people with mental health problems are ending up in jail rather than receiving treatment, the Prison Reform Trust has said.”

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BBC News, 4th February 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk