Prison governor attacks ‘fantasy’ that criminals can be rehabilitated behind bars – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 16th, 2019 in imprisonment, news, prisons, rehabilitation, sentencing by tracey

‘Rehabilitation of criminals is a “fantasy” as the prison system cannot be expected to undo a lifetime of troubles in a few months, a leading official has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2019

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Carer sentenced for having sex with ‘vulnerable’ client – BBC News

‘A carer with learning difficulties who had sex with a “vulnerable” client should not have been working in the care industry, a court heard.’

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BBC News, 20th August 2019

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Jamie Bulger’s father urges Parole Board to prevent Jon Venables from ‘harming children again’ ahead of killer’s release – Daily Telegraph

‘The father of murdered child James Bulger has urged the Parole Board to prevent one of his son’s killers from having the chance to “harm young children again” ahead of his impending release.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th August 2019

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Sentencing review to look at most dangerous and prolific offenders – Ministry of Justice

‘The work, which begins immediately, will focus on whether violent and sexual offenders are serving sentences that truly reflect the severity of their crimes. It will consider whether changes in legislation are needed to lock criminals up for longer – by not letting them out automatically part-way through a sentence. It will also look at how to break the cycle of repeat offending.’

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Ministry of Justice, 12th August 2019

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

Children of British Isis members will not be allowed to return to UK, government rules – The Independent

Posted August 13th, 2019 in children, citizenship, families, news, rehabilitation, terrorism by tracey

‘Children of British Isis members stranded in Syria will not be allowed to return to the UK, the government has reportedly decided.’

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The Independent, 12th August 2019

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Teenager who watched pornography before brutal rape and murder of 14-year-old girl can be named, judges rule – Daily Telegraph

‘A teenager who watched pornography before brutally raping and murdering a 14-year-old girl can be identified for the first time, judges have ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th July 2019

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Justice secretary urges evidence-led approach to cut crime – Ministry of Justice

‘Justice Secretary David Gauke today called for an “evidence-led” approach to tackling reoffending in order to crack down on crime and reduce the number of victims.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th July 2019

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MoJ used failed sex offender treatment ‘unlawfully’ – BBC News

‘The Ministry of Justice acted “unlawfully” in allowing the Sex Offender Treatment Programme to continue for five years – despite initial research which suggested it wasn’t working, a government analyst has said.’

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BBC News, 16th july 2019

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Criminal record reform to help ex-offenders into work – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 15th, 2019 in criminal records, disclosure, employment, press releases, rehabilitation by tracey

‘Ex-offenders striving to turn their lives around through work will be backed by new legislation changing what they must disclose to employers.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th July 2019

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

England and Wales jail ‘shameful’ numbers of people, says report – The Guardian

Posted June 24th, 2019 in contracting out, news, prisons, probation, recidivists, rehabilitation, statistics by tracey

‘More people are being sent to prison in England and Wales every year than anywhere else in western Europe, figures described as “shameful” suggest.’

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The Guardian, 24th June 2019

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‘Lifeline’ community treatment pilots to steer offenders away from crime – Ministry of Justice

‘Vulnerable offenders will be offered targeted treatment under new plans designed to boost rehabilitation and reduce reoffending.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th June 2019

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MoJ denies sex offender research ‘cover-up’ – BBC News

‘The government has denied covering up research that found a treatment programme for sex offenders in England and Wales increased reoffending. Kathryn Hopkins’s study was given to officials in 2012, but the flagship scheme was only scrapped in 2017. She has told an employment tribunal that she was “bullied” by the Ministry of Justice after producing the report.’

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BBC News, 18th June 2019

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Review finds family ties ‘utterly indispensable’ to rehabilitation of female offenders – Ministry of Justice

‘A new report by Lord Michael Farmer on the value of prisoners’ family ties has found that healthy relationships are a “must have” when it comes to preventing women from reoffending. Prisoners who receive family visits are 39% less likely to reoffend, and research suggests that these relationships are even more important for women than they are for men.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th June 2019

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

Magistrates call for end to prison sentences under eight weeks – The Guardian

‘Prison sentences of less than eight weeks should no longer be imposed by the courts, the Magistrates’ Association is urging, in defiance of more radical government proposals.’

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The Guardian, 4th June 2019

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More prisoners to be temporarily released for work as government relaxes rules – The Independent

Posted May 28th, 2019 in employment, news, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation, statistics, violence by tracey

‘More prisoners are to be temporarily released for work, education or to see loved ones after the government relaxed rules.’

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The Independent, 28th May 2019

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M25 killer Kenneth Noye to be freed from prison – BBC News

Posted May 23rd, 2019 in early release, murder, news, parole, recidivists, rehabilitation, road traffic by tracey

‘M25 road-rage killer Kenneth Noye is to be released from prison, the Parole Board has confirmed.’

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BBC News, 22nd May 2019

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Grayling probation changes led to ‘expensive merry-go-round’, says report – The Guardian

‘Offenders have been locked in an “expensive merry-go-round” by a key plank of Chris Grayling’s disastrous probation overhaul, which has failed to reduce reoffending, a watchdog has said.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2019

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Probation will be renationalised after disastrous Grayling reforms – The Guardian

Posted May 16th, 2019 in contracting out, news, probation, recidivists, rehabilitation, statistics by sally

‘The supervision of all offenders in the community is to be undertaken by the state in a major renationalisation of the probation sector, just five years after Chris Grayling introduced a widely derided programme of privatisation while justice secretary.’

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The Guardian, 16th May 2019

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Police ‘overwhelmed’ by child sex abuse image cases call for new approach as thousands of paedophiles seek help – The Independent

‘Police leaders have called for a new approach to the rising number of people who view child sex abuse images online, as thousands of paedophiles seek help to stop their behaviour.’

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The Independent, 6th May 2019

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Prison officer gets G4S payout for brain damage after assault – The Guardian

‘A prison officer left with permanent brain damage after an attack at a children’s jail run by G4S has spoken about his continued belief in rehabilitation after receiving a “substantial” settlement from his former employer.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2019

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