Private jails ‘worse than public’ – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2008 in news, prisons by sally

“Privately-run prisons perform worse than those run by the public sector, a document leaked to the BBC suggests.”

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BBC News, 19th January 2008

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Tag-a-lag: Chip implants mooted for UK prisoners – The Register

Posted January 15th, 2008 in electronic monitoring, news, prisons by sally

“The Ministry of Justice is planning to solve the crisis in the UK prison system by fitting prisoners with surgically implanted tracking chips, claims the Independent on Sunday, citing a senior Ministry official. The chips, claims the paper, would be used to keep order in prison and to enforce home curfews.”

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The Register, 14th January 2008

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Early jail releases reach 14,000 – BBC News

Posted January 11th, 2008 in news, prisons by sally

“Almost 14,000 prisoners have been freed early from jail to ease overcrowding, Ministry of Justice figures show.”

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BBC News, 11th January 2008

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Warning on high-risk transfers to open jails – The Observer

Posted January 3rd, 2008 in news, prisons by sally

“Increasing numbers of high-risk prisoners are now being moved to open jails after they have served only small portions of their sentences in secure conditions, in an apparent breach of official guidelines.”

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The Observer, 30th December 2007

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Inmates to be locked up longer to cut costs – The Independent

Posted December 13th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“Prisoners are to be locked in their cells every Friday afternoon because of a government cash squeeze.”

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The Independent, 13th December 2007

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Prison service ‘failed’ woman who killed herself – The Independent

Posted December 10th, 2007 in news, prisons, suicide by sally

“The grim pattern to Louise Giles’s short life was set at the age of 13 when she took her first overdose.”

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The Independent, 8th December 2007

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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

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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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