Reducing reoffending in London – consultation response – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 31st, 2009 in consultations, press releases, rehabilitation by sally

“A consultation setting out proposed priorities for the delivery of prison and probation services in the capital and the joint work between agencies to reduce reoffending. The consultation will be used to inform an action plan for 2009-11.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 31st July 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Home visits for high risk sex offenders cut – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 27th, 2009 in news, police, rehabilitation, sexual offences by sally

“High risk sex offenders under supervision in the community face fewer checks by the police after revised Government guidance relaxed their monitoring.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th May 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Plans for US-style community courts scrapped because of lack of cash – The Times

Posted May 18th, 2009 in criminal justice, news, rehabilitation by sally

“Plans to create American-style community justice courts in which judges engage directly with offenders and take charge of their rehabilitation have been dropped.”

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The Times, 18th May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Murderer wins fight to get state to pay for his haircuts – The Observer

Posted May 18th, 2009 in news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

“A prisoner has won a legal battle to have his haircuts paid for by the state while out of jail on day release.”

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The Observer, 17th May 2009

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk/

R (James) v Secretary of State for Justice (Parole Board intervening); R (Lee) v Same (Same intervening); R (Wells) v Same (Same intervening) (on appeal from R (Walker) v Same – WLR Daily

Posted May 8th, 2009 in human rights, law reports, parole, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

R (James) v Secretary of State for Justice (Parole Board intervening); R (Lee) v Same (Same intervening); R (Wells) v Same (Same intervening) (on appeal from R (Walker) v Same (Same intervening)) [2009] UKHL 22; [2009] WLR (D) 145

The failure of the Secretary of State for Justice to provide courses to enable prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for public protection to enable them to demonstrate their safety for release to the Parole Board did not render their post-tariff detention unlawful.”

WLR Daily, 6th May 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed. 

Kneejerk policies a strain on prison system, says charity – The Guardian

Posted April 14th, 2009 in news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

“The government is failing to rehabilitate offenders, leaving charities to pick up the pieces and running the risk of further strain on the overstretched prison system, according to damning research published today.”

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The Guardian, 14th April 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Drug rehabilitation for offenders a waste of time, says judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 8th, 2009 in drug offences, news, rehabilitation by sally

“Thousands of drug rehabilitation programmes handed to offenders by the courts each year are a waste of time, a judge has warned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th January 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Recovering drug addict walks free from court after 145 crimes – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 6th, 2009 in drug abuse, news, rehabilitation by sally

“A recovering drug addict who owned up to 145 crimes has walked free from court after a judge ruled his ‘substantial progress’ earned him the right to rehabilitate in freedom.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th January 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Factors linked to reoffending – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 15th, 2008 in recidivists, rehabilitation, reports by sally

“A one-year follow-up of prisoners who took part in the Resettlement Surveys 2001, 2003 and 2004.”

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Ministry of Justice, 13th October 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Illegal checks jeopardising jobs – BBC News

Posted August 8th, 2008 in criminal records, news, rehabilitation by sally

“Bosses in England and Wales are making illegal criminal record checks on staff, learning about spent convictions that should not be disclosed.”

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BBC News, 7th August 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Jailed murderer claims discrimination over status – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2008 in news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

“A long-term prisoner will go to the high court in London today to try to overturn an official policy that condemns him to remain in jail indefinitely because he is protesting his innocence.”

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The Guardian, 15th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ministers await ruling on release of 700 dangerous offenders – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2008 in dangerous offenders, news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

“More than 700 violent prisoners will be released and may be awarded thousands of pounds in compensation if the government loses an appeal court case this month.”

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The Guardian, 15th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New prisoners’ employment training initiative launched – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 11th, 2008 in press releases, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

“An innovative scheme which will give prisoners the chance to change their ways by learning technology skills has been launched by Prisons Minister David Hanson MP and Skills Minister David Lammy MP. The initiative is also supported by the Department for Work and Pensions.”

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Ministry of Justice, 10th June 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Community penalties hit by long delays – The Guardian

Posted March 17th, 2008 in domestic violence, news, probation, rehabilitation, sexual offences by sally

“Offenders who are ordered by the courts to undergo sex offender treatment courses or domestic violence programmes are having to wait up to a year because of a crisis in resources, a probation union survey reveals today.”

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The Guardian, 17th March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bar Chairman Calls For Policy Change: Boost in Drugs Rehabilitation Programmes to Tackle Offending Before it Happens – The Bar Council

Posted March 11th, 2008 in drug abuse, news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

“Extra resources should be ploughed into prisons’ drugs rehabilitation programmes, the Chairman of the Bar said today.”

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The Bar Council, 11th March 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Justice Secretary commits to providing effective community sentences – Ministry of Justice

“Jack Straw has given his commitment to offer more community sentences that provide effective punishment and rehabilitation for offenders, benefiting communities whilst reducing reoffending.”

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Ministry of Justice, 7th February 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

R (Walker) v Secretary of State for Justice – WLR Daily

Posted February 6th, 2008 in law reports, parole, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

R (Walker) v Secretary of State for Justice; R (James) v Same [2008] EWCA Civ 30; [2008] WLR (D) 28

“The Secretary of State for Justice acted unlawfully in failing to provide courses which would allow prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for public protection to demonstrate to the Parole Board by the expiry of their minimum terms that it was no longer necessary for the protection of the public for them to be confined.”

WLR Daily, 5th February 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Community test – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 7th, 2007 in courts, criminal justice, rehabilitation, special report by sally

“England’s first Community Court is now in its third year. Grania Langdon-Down reviews its impact.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th December 2007

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Multimillion pound “shambolic” penal agency to be axed – The Observer

Posted September 24th, 2007 in news, prisons, probation, rehabilitation by sally

“The government was accused last night of presiding over a ‘shambolic penal policy’ after it emerged it is to dismantle its multibillion pound flagship programme to protect the public and cut crime.”

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The Observer, 23rd September 2007

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk 

Inmates left in limbo by failures in new sentences – judges – The Guardian

Posted August 1st, 2007 in news, prisons, rehabilitation, sentencing by sally

“High court judges yesterday dealt a fresh blow to the government’s handling of the prison crisis when they ruled that inmates serving new “open-ended” sentences had unlawfully been left in overcrowded local prisons without access to the compulsory rehabilitation programmes they need to secure their release.”

Full story

The Guardian,

Source: www.guardian.co.uk