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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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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Jailors claim right to strike under EU treaty – The Times

Posted October 22nd, 2007 in EC law, industrial action, news, prisons by sally

“Gordon Brown faces his first legal challenge under the new EU Charter of Fundamental Rights days after claiming to have won a watertight opt-out from the document for Britain.”

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The Times, 22nd October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Plan to put prisoners in court cells – The Observer

Posted October 15th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“The Ministry of Justice has drawn up emergency plans to house prisoners in court cells in what the Conservatives last night claimed was ‘a cynical attempt’ to manage the jails crisis and buy Gordon Brown more time after a week of bad news.”

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The Observer, 14th October 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Emergency release for hundreds in prisons to ease record overcrowding – The Times

Posted October 10th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“Jack Straw is preparing to announce emergency measures to release hundreds more offenders early in the face of record levels of prison overcrowding.”

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The Times, 10th October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Private jail needs public sector rescue, says chief inspector – The Guardian

Posted October 9th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“One of the most troubled privately-run jails in Britain urgently needs a team of public sector managers to come in and bail it out, according to a report by the chief inspector of prisons published today.”

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The Guardian, 9th October 2007

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15 women’s jails to be shut, with offenders offered detox and help – The Times

Posted October 1st, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“Fifteen women’s jails in England and Wales would close and be replaced with small custodial units in the biggest prison shake-up under consideration by the Justice Ministry.”

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The Times, 1st October 2007

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Prisoners may be given 20 per cent cut in sentences to ease crowding – The Times

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

“Ministers are investigating reducing the length of time that prisoners spend in jail by 20 per cent as an emergency measure to cut the total number of inmates, which yesterday reached a record 81,135.”

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The Times, 29th September 2007

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Inmates ‘forcibly strip-searched’ – BBC News

Posted September 28th, 2007 in news, prisons, young offenders by sally

“Young offenders are being forcibly strip searched according to a report by prison inspectors.”

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BBC News, 27th September 2007

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‘Disaster area’ prison and probation agency to be scrapped in weeks – The Guardian

Posted September 28th, 2007 in news, prisons, probation by sally

“The government’s troubled £2.6bn programme to manage convicted criminals in order to cut reoffending rates is to be scrapped within weeks, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 28th September 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Crowded jails ‘threaten public’ – BBC News

Posted September 26th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“Overcrowded jails are presenting a threat to the public, the Chief Inspector of Prisons has told the BBC.”

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BBC News, 26th September 2007

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Multimillion pound “shambolic” penal agency to be axed – The Observer

Posted September 24th, 2007 in news, prisons, probation, rehabilitation by sally

“The government was accused last night of presiding over a ‘shambolic penal policy’ after it emerged it is to dismantle its multibillion pound flagship programme to protect the public and cut crime.”

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The Observer, 23rd September 2007

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600 died in custody last year, report says – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 21st, 2007 in news, prisons, statistics by sally

“As many as 600 people died in custody last year in England and Wales, a new report is expected to say.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st September 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

New anti-terror jail to replace Paddington Green station – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2007 in news, prisons, terrorism by sally

“A new maximum security police station to hold up to 30 terrorism suspects ‘for protracted periods’ is being planned to replace the 1960s Paddington Green police station in London.”

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The Guardian, 21st September 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Costs soar as convicts held in police custody – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 17th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“The Government has been forced to house more than 45,000 prisoners in police cells under emergency measures to ease the jail overcrowding crisis.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th September 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina v Montgomery – Times Law Report

Posted September 6th, 2007 in escape from custody, law reports, prisons by sally

Prisoner failing to return is not an escaper

Regina v Montgomery

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“Where a prisoner who was on temporary release from prison 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.”

The Times, 6th September 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk 

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