£950m bill forces rethink on computer tracking of offenders – The Guardian

Posted August 9th, 2007 in news, prisons, probation by sally

“The future of the computer system that is supposed to keep track of 300,000 offenders a year who are in prison or on probation is in doubt after ministers halted the programme this week. The moratorium follows an admission that the original £234m costing ‘proved to be optimistic’.”

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The Guardian, 9th August 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Offender Management Act 2007

Posted August 7th, 2007 in legislation, prisons, probation by sally

Offender Management Act 2007 published

Full text of Act

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

R v Montgomery – WLR Daily

Posted August 2nd, 2007 in escape from custody, law reports, prisons by sally

R v Montgomery 

Where a prisoner who was on temporary release from prison pursuant to r 9 of the Prison Rules 1999 failed to return to prison at the expiry of his release period, he could not be said to have escaped from custody and could not therefore be guilty of the common law offence of escape from custody.”

WLR Daily, 2nd August 2007

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.

Dangerous inmates may go free after court ruling on indefinite sentences – The Times

Posted August 1st, 2007 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“Hundreds of dangerous prisoners given indeterminate sentences could be freed from jail after a court ruled yesterday that holding them longer than their minimum sentence was unlawful.”

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The Times, 1st August 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Prisons lacking parole facilities ruled unlawful – The Independent

Posted August 1st, 2007 in news, parole, prisons, sentencing by sally

“The Government’s problems in handling the crisis in the prison system were compounded today when the High Court ruled that the detention of prisoners with no facilities to assess their suitability for release was ‘arbitrary, unreasonable and unlawful’.”

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The Independent, 31st July 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Inmates left in limbo by failures in new sentences – judges – The Guardian

Posted August 1st, 2007 in news, prisons, rehabilitation, sentencing by sally

“High court judges yesterday dealt a fresh blow to the government’s handling of the prison crisis when they ruled that inmates serving new “open-ended” sentences had unlawfully been left in overcrowded local prisons without access to the compulsory rehabilitation programmes they need to secure their release.”

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The Guardian,

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prisons strategy in disarray after ruling – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 31st, 2007 in news, prisons, sentencing by michael

“Thousands of prisoners serving short-term indefinite sentences may have to be set free if a High Court ruling against the new Justice Secretary is upheld on appeal. ”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st July 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Prisoners to claim millions for parole delay – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 30th, 2007 in compensation, delay, human rights, news, parole, prisons by sally

“Millions of pounds are set to be paid out by the Government to prisoners kept in jail beyond their release dates.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th July 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Corporate manslaughter law to cover deaths in custody – The Guardian

Posted July 24th, 2007 in corporate manslaughter, news, prisons by sally

“Prisoners who are injured or killed while in custody will be covered by new corporate manslaughter laws, it emerged today.”

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The Guardian, 24th July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Unsuitable’ inmates released – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 23rd, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“Nearly 1,000 out of 1,390 criminals let out early to ease the jails overcrowding crisis had been assessed as too much of a risk to be released under the electronic tagging system, it has emerged.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd July 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Jury service forces Cherie Booth to miss start of prisons inquiry- The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2007 in juries, news, prisons by sally

“Cherie Booth QC missed the first meeting of an inquiry into English prisons yesterday because she has been on jury service. Her stint in the jury room is believed to have included sitting on at least one case.”

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The Guardian, 21st July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Corporate killing law to include police and prisons as Government admits defeat – The Times

Posted July 19th, 2007 in corporate manslaughter, news, police, prisons by sally

“Prisons and police authorities will be liable for prosecution over deaths of people held in custody after a final defeat of the Government over the scope of new corporate manslaughter laws.”

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The Times, 19th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Coroner tells Straw to act now on restraint in child prisons – The Guardian

Posted July 19th, 2007 in inquests, news, prisons, young offenders by sally

“The coroner who presided over the inquest into the death of a 15-year-old who died after being restrained in a child jail has warned the justice secretary, Jack Straw, that it would be ‘wholly unforgivable’ if the lessons were delayed by a general review of the use of restraint announced yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 19th July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Hunt for 18 of 1,700 prisoners released early – The Guardian

Posted July 17th, 2007 in news, prisons, recidivists, sentencing by sally

“The police are already hunting for 18 prisoners who are ‘unlawfully at large’ after being released among the 1,700 let out during the first week of the government’s new emergency scheme to cope with jail overcrowding, the justice ministry said yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 17th July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Early-release prisoners back to crime – The Independent

Posted July 17th, 2007 in news, prisons, recidivists, sentencing by sally

“Criminals released early from prison because of an overcrowding crisis committed eight more offences within days of being freed, the Ministry of Justice said.”

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The Independent, 17th July 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Fear of Islamist recruiting in jails – The Guardian

Posted July 16th, 2007 in Islam, news, prisons, terrorism by sally

“As the four July 21 bomb plotters started their 40-year minimum sentences this week, a group of police special branch officers – the foot soldiers of the security services – based at Prison Service headquarters were quietly working to ensure that the failed bombers do not inspire a new generation of violent jihadists.”

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The Guardian, 14th July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Unlimited jail terms under review – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 13th, 2007 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“Jack Straw is reviewing the new open-ended jail terms amid fears that they are clogging up the prison system.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th July 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Child jail gets new head amid unease over use of restraint – The Guardian

Posted July 13th, 2007 in news, prisons, young offenders by sally

“A quarter of young offenders at a troubled privately run child jail have been moved out and a new director appointed after official concern over the rising use of restraint by staff to control violent teenagers.”

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The Guardian, 13th July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Inmate suicide cases “increasing” – BBC News

Posted July 12th, 2007 in news, prisons, suicide by sally

“There has been a significant increase in the number of prisoners who have killed themselves in jails in England and Wales, figures have shown.”

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BBC News, 12th July 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

We cannot just build our way out of prison crowding, says Straw – The Times

Posted July 12th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“The Government will not be able to build its way out of the prison crisis, Jack Straw suggested yesterday. He indicated that the only way the pressure could be relieved was by sending fewer people to jail and using more noncustodial sentences.”

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The Times, 12th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk