New criminal record disclosure rules take effect – UK Human Rights Blog

‘On the 28th November 2020, The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Record Certificates: Relevant Matters) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 (“the Order”) came into force, implementing important changes to the criminal records disclosure rules in England and Wales.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st December 2020

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Covid: prisoner mental health at risk of ‘irreparable damage’ – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2020 in coronavirus, health, mental health, news, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation by sally

‘Locking up prisoners in what amounts to solitary confinement under Covid restrictions risks causing “irreparable damage” to their mental health and does nothing to reduce reoffending, the chief inspector of prisons in England and Wales has said.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2020

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Youth jail plans therapy rather than steel doors – BBC News

Posted October 6th, 2020 in education, news, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation, reports, young offenders by tracey

‘”Once you’re caught in the grip of the system you are doomed,” says the founder of a radically different approach to jailing young offenders. Steve Chalke aims to stop a revolving door of criminality that at present sees 69% of young prisoners reoffending within a year of release.’

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BBC News, 6th Ocotber 2020

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More deferred sentences in shake-up of criminal justice in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘Ministers are to encourage courts to make more use of deferred sentences – when judges give offenders a chance to turn themselves around before being punished – as part of a £500m shake-up of criminal justice in England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 16th September 2020

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‘I Spent 12 Years In Prison For A Crime I Didn’t Commit. Here’s What I Learned’ – Each Other

‘“There are so many people in British prisons that don’t deserve to be there,” said ex-inmate-turned-journalist Raphael Rowe.’

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Each Other, 24th August 2020

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David Lammy: ‘Ex-offenders should have the chance of a clean slate’ – The Guardian

‘There are currently more than 11 million people in the UK with a criminal record. The latest research suggests that nearly three-quarters of ex-offenders are unemployed on release from prison, with 50% of employers saying they would not even consider hiring an ex-offender. This amounts to a second sentence for those who have already served their time, often trapping offenders in a cycle of reoffence. The Ministry of Justice estimates the total economic and social cost of reoffending at £18.1bn per year. The criminal records regime contributes to an extortionately expensive revolving door.’

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The Guardian, 13th August 2020

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Judges reject terror offender’s challenge of early release ban – BBC News

‘An attempt by terrorism offender Mohammed Zahir Khan to overturn a ban on early release from prison has been thrown out by the High Court.’

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BBC News, 30th July 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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Specialist support centre for female offenders to open in Wales – The Guardian

Posted May 5th, 2020 in imprisonment, news, rehabilitation, Wales, women by sally

‘A specialist centre providing accommodation and support to female offenders is to open in Wales as part of the government’s strategy to send fewer women to prison, the Ministry of Justice has said.’

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The Guardian, 5th May 2020

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ABI/ACSO deal aims to keep medicals and rehab going – Litigation Futures

Posted April 28th, 2020 in coronavirus, insurance, medical treatment, news, rehabilitation by sally

‘Insurers, law firms and suppliers have agreed a ‘statement of intent’ to keep non-MedCo medical examinations and rehabilitation going remotely during the Covid-19 crisis.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th April 2020

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Plan to extend early prisoner release scheme – BBC News

Posted March 17th, 2020 in early release, news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

‘The government is planning to extend a scheme which allows some prisoners to be freed early to ease pressures in jails across England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 17th March 2020

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De-radicalisation approach needs ‘fundamental review’ – Prison Officers’ Association – BBC News

Posted March 10th, 2020 in news, parole, prison officers, prisons, rehabilitation, terrorism by tracey

‘The Prison Officers’ Association has called for a “fundamental review” of the UK’s de-radicalisation programmes.’

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BBC News, 10th March 2020

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New support plan to improve jails – Ministry of Justice

‘A new intensive support programme will help challenging jails to improve safety and rehabilitation, Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer announced today (28 February 2020).’

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Ministry of Justice, 28th February 2020

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Streatham attack: Terror sentence changes ‘face legal battle’ – BBC News

Posted February 4th, 2020 in news, recidivists, rehabilitation, release on licence, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘Ministers face a legal battle over their plans to make terror offenders serve longer in prison, a former government adviser has warned.’

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BBC News, 4th February 2020

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Judge under fire for telling violent abuser to take up running – Daily Telegraph

‘A judge has been criticised for telling a domestic violence offender to take up running to control his behaviour.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th 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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Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme & Practice Direction 12J – Article by Christopher Ferguson – Park Square Barristers

Posted December 4th, 2019 in domestic violence, news, rehabilitation by sally

‘Recently I have been involved in some cases where an abusive father has been referred to the DAPP (or the Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programme, as it used to be known). This can surely be an important feature in the programme of potential progress for a family where a father has been found to pose the sort of risk envisaged by paragraphs 32 – 37 of PD 12J.’

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Park Square Barristers, 4th December 2019

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Prisons put terrorists on waiting list to receive help to deradicalise – The Guardian

‘Convicted terrorists are having to be put on waiting lists for the main government-backed programme that will turn them away from violent extremism, an expert has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2019

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Second terror suspect returned to prison as officers begin working through list of 69 suspects – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 3rd, 2019 in early release, imprisonment, news, police, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation, terrorism by tracey

‘A total of 69 violent jihadists, who have been released from prison early, will have their licence conditions tightened as part of the government’s crackdown in the wake of Usman Khan’s London Bridge attack.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2019

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Teenagers who threw bricks at Gosport sheep sentenced – BBC News

‘Four teenagers who threw bricks at sheep and snapped off their horns have been given community sentences.’

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BBC News, 26th November 2019

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