Early jail release plan expected – BBC News

Posted June 19th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“Non-violent offenders could be let out of jail early in a bid to ease prison overcrowding in England and Wales.”

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BBC News, 19th June 2007

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Rush to find spare cells as prison population spirals to new record – The Guardian

Posted June 18th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“Urgent talks between Ministry of Justice officials and chief constables are under way to use hundreds more police cells as emergency prison accommodation as the jail crisis intensifies.”

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The Guardian, 18th June 2007

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Jails just 481 places away from reaching bursting point – The Guardian

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

“The number of prisoners in England and Wales has risen to a record high of almost 81,000, the Prison Service said today.”

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The Guardian, 15th June 2007

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Prisoners paid £2.5m compensation – BBC News

Posted June 15th, 2007 in compensation, news, prisons by sally

“The Prison Service paid £2.5 in compensation to prisoners in England and Wales last year, figures show.” 

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BBC News, 15th June 2007

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Prison suicides up to two a week as jail numbers soar – The Guardian

Posted June 13th, 2007 in news, prisons, suicide by sally

“Suicides in prisons have risen to two a week, with 43 so far this year as overcrowding as a result of record jail numbers in England and Wales bites more deeply, the chief inspector of prisons told MPs last night.”

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The Guardian, 13th June 2007

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Prisoners ‘locked out’ after jails hit full capacity – The Times

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

“A record 550 new inmates were ‘locked out’ of prison last night as a surge in inmate numbers forced jails to declare that they had run out of space to take any more.”

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The Times, 12th June 2007

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Don’t lock up criminals, says prisons chief – Sunday Telegraph

Posted June 11th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“Most prisoners should not be in jail at all, according to a senior prisons official.”

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Sunday Telegraph, 10th June 2007

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Prisoners‘ can claim thousands of pounds’ over delays to parole – The Guardian

Posted June 4th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“Hundreds of offenders are being wrongly held in jail because the Prison Service is failing to meet the deadline for their early release on parole.”

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The Guardian, 2th June 2007

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Ministers face legal challenge over jails crisis – The Guardian

Posted June 4th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“Ministers are facing a legal challenge which could force them to plough millions of pounds into prison treatment programmes because inmates are reaching the end of their sentences but cannot be freed because they have been unable to attend compulsory courses that are a condition of their release.”

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The Guardian, 4th June 2007

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Record prison population drops – BBC News

Posted June 4th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“The UK prison population has fallen by almost 200 from a record high, according to the latest figures.” 

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BBC News, 1st June 2007

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The Big Question: Why are our prisons so overcrowded, and how can we tackle the crisis? – The Independent

Posted May 31st, 2007 in prisons, special report by sally

“Jails in England and Wales could be full within a fortnight. The increase in numbers of offenders being locked up appears relentless, with the prison population reaching a record high of 80,846 this week. That includes about 400 who are housed at great expense in police cells and a further handful held in court cells.”

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The Independent, 31st May 2007

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Jailing fewer people ‘is only way to solve overcrowding’ – The Times

Posted May 31st, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“The Justice Secretary has admitted that the Government will be unable to build its way out of the problem of overcrowded jails.”

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The Times, 31st May 2007

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Regina (Johnson) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department and Another – Times Law Reports

Posted May 30th, 2007 in human rights, law reports, prisons by sally

Arbitrary delay in parole hearing

Regina (Johnson) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department and Another

Court of Appeal

“The failure by the Parole Board to consider speedily the entitlement of a long-term prisoner to parole made his continued detention after eligibility for parole arbitrary, unjustified and therefore unlawful.”

The Times, 30th May 2007

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.

Pressure on Falconer as prison population hits all-time high – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“The number of prisoners in England and Wales hit an all-time high of 80,846 yesterday, raising fears that the court service could run out of cell space this week if too few remand prisoners succeed in getting bail. The record numbers saw 450 prisoners housed in police and court cells made available for overspill.”

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The Guardian, 30th May 2007

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Crime Bill may add to prison overcrowding – The Times

Posted May 29th, 2007 in criminal justice, news, prisons by sally

“Tony Blair’s final measures to tackle law and order are being threatened by a Cabinet dispute over fears that the Bill will fuel a further 3,000 rise in prison numbers.”

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The Times, 26th May 2007

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Prison numbers reach record high – BBC News

Posted May 25th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“Prisoner numbers in England and Wales have hit a record high for the second week in a row, says the Prison Service.” 

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BBC News, 25th May 2007

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Ministers lose manslaughter vote – BBC News

Posted May 23rd, 2007 in corporate manslaughter, news, prisons by traceydennis

“The government has been defeated in the Lords over plans to exclude prisons from its Corporate Manslaughter Bill.”

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BBC news, 23rd May 2007

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Cost of prisoners underestimated by third – Reuters

Posted May 21st, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“The financial cost to the country of imprisonment has been underestimated by a third, a report said on Monday.”

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Reuters, 21st May 2007

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Related link: Poverty and disadvantage among prisoners’ families (PDF)

Cherie Blair to head prisons inquiry – The Times

Posted May 16th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“Cherie Blair will head an inquiry looking into the UK’s prison and penal system, it was announced today.”

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The Times, 16th May 2007

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Judges seek to retain sentencing powers in prisons crisis – The Guardian

Posted May 14th, 2007 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“The new justice secretary, Lord Falconer, is under pressure to find a solution to the prison overcrowding crisis without threatening judicial independence by leaning on judges to pass lighter sentences.”

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The Guardian, 14th May 2007

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