Justifying Austerity – Not Solely a Question of Cost – Littleton Chambers

Posted November 19th, 2020 in age discrimination, budgets, news, probation, remuneration by sally

‘On 11 November 2020, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal in Heskett -v- Secretary of State for Justice [2020] EWCA Civ 1487, holding that the “pay freeze” imposed on probation officers as the result of the Government’s austerity measures, which might otherwise have been regarded as indirectly age discriminatory, was capable of being justified as a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim.’

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Littleton Chambers, 12th November 2020

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Thousands of high-risk offenders in UK ‘freed into homelessness’ – The Guardian

‘Thousands of high-risk convicted criminals, including those classed as violent and sexual offenders, were being released from prison in England into homelessness, increasing the likelihood of their reoffending, inspectors warned.’

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The Guardian, 8th July 2020

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Adventures in forfeiture – brothels and specifying the breach – Nearly Legal

‘An Upper Tribunal appeal of an FTT decision that the leaseholder, Ms M, was in breach of lease, and specifically a restriction “Not to do or permit or suffer in or upon the Demised Premises or any part thereof any illegal or immoral act or any act or thing which may be or may become a nuisance or annoyance or cause damage to the Lessors or the tenants of the Lessor or the occupiers of any part of the Building.”’

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Nearly Legal, 1st July 2020

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Major failures led to accidental release of serial rapist, report finds – The Guardian

‘Significant failings by prison and probation staff, and a policy of not recalling high risk prisoners to alleviate pressure on a growing prison population, saw serial rapist Joseph McCann mistakenly freed from jail to attack 11 women and children, a review has found.’

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The Guardian, 30th June 2020

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Private firms to lose role in probation services – BBC News

Posted June 15th, 2020 in contracting out, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, probation by sally

‘The government has scrapped plans to let private firms run behaviour programmes and unpaid work schemes for offenders in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 11th June 2020

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Probation services to return to public control after Grayling disasters – The Guardian

Posted June 12th, 2020 in contracting out, Ministry of Justice, news, police, probation by sally

‘Probation services in England and Wales will be fully restored to public ownership and control, the justice secretary has announced, marking the final nail in the coffin of Chris Grayling’s disastrous privatisation changes.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2020

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Government not doing enough to prevent crimes committed on probation – report – The Guardian

Posted May 14th, 2020 in crime prevention, news, probation by sally

‘The government and probation service are not doing enough to learn from mistakes that led to serious crimes being committed by offenders under supervision, including murder, rape and other violent offences, inspectors have said in a critical report.’

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The Guardian, 14th May 2020

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Lie detectors should be used to monitor sex offenders, UK study says – The Guardian

Posted March 18th, 2020 in deceit, lie detectors, news, police, probation, recidivists, sexual offences by sally

‘Mandatory testing with a polygraph, or lie-detector, should be introduced to monitor convicted sex offenders undergoing police supervision, according to university research commissioned by police chiefs.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2020

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Serial rapist Joseph McCann could have been put back in prison weeks before rampage, report reveals – The Independent

Posted March 6th, 2020 in child abuse, news, parole, prisons, probation, rape, recidivists, sexual offences by tracey

‘A serial rapist who attacked a string of victims aged between 11 and 71 could have been jailed weeks before he started the rampage, a report has revealed.’

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The Independent, 5th March 2020

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UK freed 42 terrorists in year before law to detain extremists for longer – The Guardian

Posted March 6th, 2020 in news, parole, prisons, probation, proscribed organisations, statistics, terrorism by tracey

‘More than 40 convicted terrorists were released from prison in the year before emergency legislation was introduced to keep jailed extremists locked up for longer, figures reveal, while the number of far-right detainees has surged.’

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The Guardian, 5th March 2020

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When are Article 8 rights engaged in the context of an unfair dismissal claim and how should the engagement of such rights be approached by the tribunal? – 3PB

‘The claimant was employed by the respondent from 1994 until November 2014 as a Probation Service Officer (“PSO”). In 2014 there was an incident at the claimant’s home involving the claimant, her then partner, and her daughter, who was then a teenager. It was alleged that the claimant had been violent towards her daughter, something she had always vehemently denied. Social Services became involved and her daughter was placed on the Child Protection Register (“CPR”).’

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3PB, 7th February 2020

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Employees and child protection issues – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Employment Appeal Tribunal recently considered whether a probation service officer who failed to disclose a child protection issue was fairly dismissed. Ceri Fuller, Zoë Wigan and Hilary Larter analyse the outcome.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th February 2020

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Article 8 & Unfair Dismissal – January 2020 – Pallant Chambers

Posted January 28th, 2020 in human rights, news, privacy, probation, unfair dismissal by sally

‘Q v Secretary of State for Justice UKEAT/0120/19 was a recent case in which the Employment Appeal Tribunal looked at the application of the Article 8 in a conduct dismissal case.’

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Pallant Chambers, 23rd January 2020

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Staff shortages leave probation service in crisis, report finds – The Guardian

Posted January 14th, 2020 in budgets, news, probation, reports by sally

‘Public safety is at risk as huge workloads and staff shortages continue to place the probation sector under pressure, inspectors have said, while officers lack the “professional curiosity” needed to spot potentially dangerous behaviour among offenders managed in the community.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2020

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Probation officer supervising Conner Marshall killer was ‘overwhelmed’ – The Guardian

Posted January 8th, 2020 in inquests, murder, news, probation, recidivists, rehabilitation, standards by sally

‘A probation services officer broke down in tears during an inquest as she described being “overwhelmed” by her workload in the months before a serial offender she was supervising murdered a teenager in an unprovoked attack.’

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The Guardian, 7th January 2020

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Black cab rapist John Worboys given two life sentences – BBC News

Posted December 18th, 2019 in news, parole, probation, rape, sentencing, sexual offences, taxis, victims, women by sally

‘Black cab rapist John Worboys has been handed two life sentences with a minimum term of six years for attacking four more women.’

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BBC News, 17th December 2019

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Joseph McCann guilty of horrific rapes after being freed by mistake – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2019 in child abuse, early release, inquiries, news, parole, prisons, probation, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘Joseph McCann, who has been convicted of a horrific series of rapes and kidnappings against 11 women and children, was freed in error to commit his crimes after authorities failed to realise he should have been in jail for a previous violent offence.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2019

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Homelessness and Offending Rates – An Inextricable Link – Pump Court Chambers

Posted November 28th, 2019 in homelessness, housing, imprisonment, local government, news, probation by sally

‘The Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) 2017 came into effect on 3rd April 2018 and places new legal duties on local authorities so that everyone who is homeless, or at risk of homelessness, should have access to meaningful help, irrespective of their priority need status, as long as they are eligible for assistance. The Act amends part VII of the Housing Act 1996 and is arguably the biggest change in homelessness legislation since the Housing
(Homelessness Persons) Act 1977.’

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Pump Court Chambers, 12th November 2019

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Freed prisoners killing themselves at a rate of one every two days – The Guardian

Posted November 19th, 2019 in news, ombudsmen, probation, suicide, supervision orders by sally

‘The number of people who took their own life while on supervision after leaving prison has increased sixfold since 2010 to a rate of one every two days, fresh analysis seen by the Guardian shows.’

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The Guardian, 18th November 2019

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Mother to sue justice ministry after probation errors led to son’s murder – The Guardian

‘The Ministry of Justice is to be sued by the mother of a five-year-old boy who was murdered by her boyfriend after an inquest concluded that defects in the probation system contributed to his death.’

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The Guardian, 9th November 2019

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