Mother wins legal battle over tribunal’s refusal to say why son’s killer was discharged from hospital – The Guardian

‘A woman has won a legal battle against a mental health tribunal over its refusal to provide her with the the reasons for releasing her son’s killer into the community.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2023

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The use and abuse of the Rehabilitation Code in liability disputed cases – Exchange Chambers

‘The benefits of rehabilitation are well known. Numerous academic studies have demonstrated its importance and the net economic benefit (to both society and insurers) from its early introduction and funding. Despite that, many insurers continue to take a hostile and unsupportive attitude driven, perhaps, by a suspicion that a claimant will seek to introduce care, therapies, equipment or accommodation that might somehow increase the value of any eventual claim. I don’t believe that to be the case. In fact, my own experience is strongly that those insurers and defendant solicitors who actively support and fund early rehabilitation (and it is right to highlight that many do), even when liability is disputed, invariably end up achieving an earlier settlement with a costs saving and, on occasions, a saving in damages arising from the better recovery enjoyed by the claimant.’

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Exchange Chambers, 22nd December 2022

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Pay for Work in Prison – by Virginia Mantouvalou – UK Labour Law

Posted December 14th, 2022 in employment, news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

‘Prison is not a good place to be. It was recently reported that prisons are overflowing in the UK. An increasing number of people are locked up, with limited resources spent on supporting them during incarceration and after that. This is despite the fact that it is often people with a background of socio-economic disadvantage who are caught in the web of criminal justice, and that if not supported post-release, they may re-offend and end up in prison again. There is also widespread prejudice against prisoners, as we know fully well in the UK with the right to vote for prisoners saga (analysed here). The need for reform is pressing (with scholars and activists also pushing for prison abolition).’

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UK Labour Law, 12th December 2022

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Restorative justice: Victims who meet offenders say it helps recovery – BBC News

Posted November 25th, 2022 in criminal justice, news, prisons, rehabilitation, victims by tracey

‘More than 70% of victims in Greater Manchester who chose to communicate with offenders have said it helped their recovery, research has shown. Greater Manchester Combined Authority said 1,500 victims had been in touch with their perpetrator through the restorative justice system since 2019.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2022

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Entrepreneur prisoners bid to turn back on crime – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 18th, 2022 in crime prevention, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, rehabilitation by tracey

‘Prisoners today (17 November 2022) pitched their business ideas to a “Dragons’ Den” panel as part of a ground-breaking scheme to steer them away from crime.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th November 2022

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New Problem-Solving Courts to combat drug and alcohol-fuelled crime – Ministry of Justice

‘Ground-breaking new courts will direct drug and alcohol abusers to tackle their addiction head-on or face tough consequences.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th July 2022

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Thousands of offenders in work as UK businesses help break cycle of crime – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 15th, 2022 in employment, government departments, news, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation by tracey

‘Almost 4,000 ex-offenders have been helped into work since the launch of a major drive to increase employment and cut crime.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th July 2022

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Government lost £98m amid failings with electronic tagging project – report – The Independent

‘The Government does not know if electronically tagging criminals is helping to cut reoffending because of failings with the system, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has warned.’

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The Independent, 8th June 2022

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Domestic abuse: ‘No female should be subjected to what I did’ – BBC News

Posted December 8th, 2021 in domestic violence, families, news, rehabilitation by sally

‘”No female should be subjected to some of the things I did.”

Rob* was referred through the family courts in March to complete a domestic abuse prevention course, designed to break the cycle of physical and mental abuse.’

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BBC News, 8th December 2021

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Rehabilitation and retribution: In re JR123’s application – UK Human Rights Blog

‘What happens when someone is convicted of a criminal offence and is given a custodial sentence? Sometimes, the individual will serve at least part of their sentence in prison and the remainder on licence. But, what happens after they’ve served the totality of their sentence?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12rh November 2021

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Tens of thousands more criminals to be tagged to cut crime and protect victims – Ministry of Justice

‘Almost 26,000 extra offenders will be tagged over the next 3 years under an ambitious £180 million plan to expand the use of electronic monitoring to cut crime.’

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Ministry of Justice, 5th October 2021

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Short jail terms fail to prevent reoffending, says former England and Wales magistrate – The Guardian

‘Criminals in England and Wales are being jailed for short terms that fail to prevent reoffending because of a lack of awareness and availability of community-based sentencing, a leading former magistrate has said.’

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The Guardian, 5th October 2021

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‘My whole world was falling apart’: Father of teenager prosecuted for neo-Nazi terror offences speaks of shock – The Independent

Posted September 20th, 2021 in children, families, news, rehabilitation, terrorism, young offenders by tracey

‘Steve* and his 16-year-old son Tom* were about to fly out of the UK to a family funeral when they heard their names being read out over the public address system at Bristol Airport. They had arrived early to have some food and leave plenty of time before their flight, just two days after receiving news of a loved one’s death. “They just said, ‘Would you please go to gate number one’, which wasn’t our gate,” Steve tells The Independent. “We went there and there were police officers, and they explained they were doing a Schedule 7 port stop under the Terrorism Act.” The power is used at UK borders to stop people entering or leaving the country, and “determine whether they are involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism”.’

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The Independent, 19th September 2021

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Fishmongers’ Hall: Steven Gallant to be freed from prison – BBC News

Posted July 9th, 2021 in imprisonment, murder, news, rehabilitation, release on licence, terrorism by tracey

‘A convicted murderer who tackled the Fishmongers’ Hall attacker Usman Khan on London Bridge is to be freed from prison on licence.’

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BBC News, 7th July 2021

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Nationalising probation service not enough to fix flaws, warns watchdog – The Guardian

‘Renationalising the management of offenders in the community will not be enough to put right the flaws of disastrous privatisation reforms introduced by the former Conservative minister Chris Grayling, the probation watchdog has warned.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2021

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Women offenders being released to homelessness – MPs – BBC News

‘Thousands of women are being released from prison each year without adequate help, a group of MPs and peers say.’

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BBC News, 8th June 2021

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£200 million investment in rehab services to cut crime – Ministry of Justice

‘Charities and companies which help rehabilitate offenders have been awarded around £200 million of Government funding to help cut crime in the new probation system.’

Ministry of Justice, 21st May 2021

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Murderer James Ford who tried to help terror attack victim freed – BBC News

Posted May 21st, 2021 in murder, news, parole, rehabilitation, terrorism, victims by tracey

‘A murderer who tried to help one of the victims of the London Bridge terror attack has been cleared by the Parole Board to be freed from prison.’

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BBC News, 21st May 2021

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Security services and police to face questions over London Bridge attacker – The Guardian

Posted April 12th, 2021 in inquests, intelligence services, news, police, recidivists, rehabilitation, terrorism by tracey

‘The security services and police are to face questions over whether they missed the chance to stop a convicted terrorist out on licence with an electronic tag who stabbed two people to death. On Monday, the inquests open into the deaths of Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, who were killed in the November 2019 attack at Fishmongers hall, near London Bridge at a prisoner rehabilitation conference.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2021

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UK’s youngest terror offender walks free from court after recruiting for neo-Nazi group – The Independent

Posted February 9th, 2021 in news, rehabilitation, sentencing, terrorism, young offenders by tracey

‘The UK’s youngest known terror offender has walked free from court after recruiting members for a neo-Nazi group.’

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The Independent, 8th February 2021

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