Plan to close 15 women’s prisons so inmates can be closer to home – The Times

Posted December 7th, 2007 in news, prisons, women by sally

“The Government is supporting a proposal to close 15 women’s jails and replace them with a network of small custodial units that will allow female prisoners to be held closer to home.”

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The Times, 7th December 2007

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Securing the future: Proposals for the efficient and sustainable use of custody in England and Wales – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 6th, 2007 in prisons, reports by sally

“Lord Carter’s review of prisons, which gives options for improving the balance between the supply of prison places and demand for them and recommendations on how this could be achieved.”

Securing the Future: Proposals for the efficient and sustainable use of custody in England and Wales (PDF)

Ministry of Justice, 5th December 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Three supersize prisons housing 2,500 each will be built to tackle overcrowding crisis – The Guardian

Posted December 6th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“The government is to build up to three supersize prisons, holding about 2,500 inmates each, as part of a programme to tackle the overcrowding crisis by increasing jail capacity by 10,500 places within seven years.”

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The Guardian, 6th December 2007

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Oral statement on the Carter Report – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 5th, 2007 in prisons, speeches by sally

“Jack Straw’s oral statement to the House of Commons on Lord Carter’s review of prisons.”

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Ministry of Justice, 5th December 2007

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Three new ‘super-prisons’ to be built in UK – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 5th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“The Government is to build three huge new prisons as part of a package of measures designed to ease over-crowding by creating 10,500 extra places.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th December 2007

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Family visits ‘key for prisoners’ – BBC News

Posted December 5th, 2007 in news, prisons, recidivists by sally

“The reoffend rate for convicts could be cut if the government did more to support the children and families of those in jail, campaigners say.”

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BBC News, 5th December 2007

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Jail sentences ‘to depend on available space’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 5th, 2007 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“Criminals should be sentenced according to the spaces available in jail for them, a wide-ranging review of the prison service is expected to recommend.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th December 2007
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Hopes pinned on American-style sentencing grid to reduce prison overcrowding – The Times

Posted December 5th, 2007 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“Radical proposals to examine a US-style system of sentencing intended to control the number of offenders sent to overcrowded jails will be outlined by ministers today, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 5th December 2007

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Britain’s longest-serving prisoner dies – The Guardian

Posted November 20th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“Britain’s longest-serving prisoner, John Straffen, who was sentenced to hang more than half a century ago, has died in prison. Straffen, aged 77, was convicted of murdering a schoolgirl in 1952 and admitted killing two others, but his death sentence was commuted because he was ‘feeble-minded’. The Ministry of Justice said last night that Straffen had died in Frankland prison, County Durham, yesterday after an illness. He was believed to be on a list of around 20 prisoners, which includes the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, who were never to be released.”

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The Guardian, 20th November 2007

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Prison service faces drastic cuts – The Observer

Posted November 19th, 2007 in courts, criminal justice, prisons, special report by sally

“A dramatic plan to slash the number of prison officers and streamline courts in England and Wales is being drawn up by the government in an attempt to deliver £1bn in savings.”

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The Observer, 18th November 2007

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Prison overcrowding is at critical stage, says Lord Chief Justice – The Times

Posted November 16th, 2007 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“Britain’s most senior judge has given warning that the shortage of prison spaces was now ‘critical’ as a result of ministers’ failure to take account of the cost implications of their sentencing policies.”

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The Times, 16th November 2007

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Longer sentences have led to jail crisis says top judge – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2007 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“The prison system is in a ‘critical situation’ and there must be a debate on linking sentencing to the resources available for punishing offenders the most senior judge in England and Wales, the lord chief justice, said last night.”

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The Guardian, 16th November 2007

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Phone calls ‘cut jail suicides’ – BBC News

Posted November 14th, 2007 in news, prisons, suicide by sally

“Prison reformers have called for more support for new inmates in order to prevent suicides.”

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BBC News, 14th November 2007

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‘Bribe’ is doubled for foreign prisoners who agree to leave Britain – The Times

Posted November 6th, 2007 in deportation, news, prisons by sally

“The Government has almost doubled to £1,500 the ‘bribe’ offered to foreign national prisoners to persuade them to return home and ease prison overcrowding, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 6th November 2007

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No jail for short-sentence offenders – The Observer

Posted November 6th, 2007 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“Criminals facing short prison sentences are to be kept out of jail and given community service because the system is so overcrowded, according to plans being drawn up by the Home Office.”

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The Observer, 4th November 2007

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Criminals “must have terms cut in full jails” – The Times

Posted November 5th, 2007 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“Thousands of criminals could have their jail terms cut after one of Britain’s most senior judges said that courts were justified in giving lower sentences where prisoners faced overcrowded jails.”

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The Times, 5th November 2007

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Prisoners released early reoffend – The Independent

Posted October 29th, 2007 in news, prisons, recidivists by sally

“More than 16,000 crimes were committed in a year by offenders released early from jail, the Government has disclosed.”

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The Independent, 27th October 2007

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Deportation crisis forces two jails to hold only foreign prisoners – The Guardian

Posted October 24th, 2007 in deportation, news, prisons by sally

“Two prisons are exclusively holding foreign nationals serving less than four years with the expectation that they will then face deportation, it emerged yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 24th October 2007

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Britain secretly converts prisons to detain foreign criminals only – The Times

Posted October 24th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“Two jails in England and Wales are occupied fully by foreign inmates as the Prison Service tries to cope with a large number of criminals from abroad.”

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The Times, 24th October 2007

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Prison ‘default’ for mentally ill – BBC News

Posted October 24th, 2007 in mental health, news, prisons by sally

“Too many people with mental health problems are ending up in prison when what they need is specialist care, a Prisons Inspectorate report suggests.”

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BBC News, 23rd October 2007

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