Disgraceful conditions at Bedford prison fuelled riot, watchdog finds – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2017 in news, prisons, release on licence, reports, sentencing, violent disorder by tracey

‘A riot at Bedford prison that led to two wings being “totally trashed” was fuelled by frustration over “disgraceful conditions” including a failure to provide basic items such as soap, cleaning materials and toilet paper, an official watchdog has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2017

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Regina (ZX) v Secretary of State for Justice – WLR Daily

Posted June 7th, 2017 in children, families, law reports, probation, release on licence by sally

Regina (ZX) v Secretary of State for Justice [2017] EWCA Civ 155

‘The claimant, a married British citizen of Bangladeshi origin with three children, was convicted on his guilty plea of two terrorism related offences and sentenced in the Crown Court to a term of three years’ imprisonment. Following his release on licence, conditions were imposed on his licence precluding him, inter alia, from having contact with his children save as directed by the National Probation Service (“the NPS”) and local children’s services. He sought to challenge the imposition of those conditions on the basis that the NPS had no lawful entitlement to give a direction separating him from his children, that there was no properly identified risk and that no separation could properly be directed without due compliance with the provisions of the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004 and, if need be, without an order of the Family Court. Permission to proceed with the claim for judicial review was refused on the basis that the grounds raised were not arguable. The claimant appealed on the grounds, inter alia, that the judge had misdirected himself as to the scope and effect of the NPS’s duties under section 11 of the 2004 Act (to make arrangements for ensuring that its functions were discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children).’

WLR Daily, 17th March 2017

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Drug addict jailed for killing child actor in London car chase – The Guardian

‘A drug addict with more than 50 previous convictions has been jailed for 12 years for killing a child actor and his aunt when he hit them with a stolen car.’

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The Guardian, 10th March 2017

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Church liability: fall from ladder – Law & Religion UK

‘On 3 March 2017, the Court of Appeal (Civil) Division handed down the judgment in Casson v Hudson & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 125 in relation to a claim for damages following a fall from a ladder during the painting of a church hall. The case highlights the potential liabilities faced by incumbents and PCCs in relation to persons undertaking work on premises for which they are responsible.’

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Law & Religion UK, 8th March 2017

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Housing shortage means many women ‘feel safer behind bars’ – BBC News

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in housing, landlord & tenant, news, prisons, probation, release on licence, reports, women by sally

‘A former inmate has told the BBC many women feel “safer in prison” due to a lack of suitable housing for female ex-offenders.’

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BBC News, 22nd September 2016

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Parole Board chief urges indefinite jail release change – BBC News

Posted July 26th, 2016 in news, probation, release on licence, sentencing by sally

‘Prisoners held indefinitely after serving their minimum term or tariff should not have to prove it is “safe” to release them, new Parole Board chairman Nick Hardwick has said.’

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26th July 2016

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Gove plans to give prison governors more powers to educate and reform – The Guardian

Posted October 5th, 2015 in budgets, education, news, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation, release on licence by sally

‘Prison governors could be given greater powers to educate, punish and reform inmates under plans being considered by Michael Gove to relax the grip of Whitehall on the penal system.’

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2015

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Baby ashes consultation to go ahead, minister confirms – BBC News

‘A consultation about baby cremations in England and Wales will take place later this year, Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage has said.’

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BBC News, 8th July 2015

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Regina (Coll) v Secretary of State for Justice – WLR Daily

Regina (Coll) v Secretary of State for Justice [2015] EWCA Civ 328; [2015] WLR (D) 157

‘In providing approved premises for women released from prison on licence, the Secretary of State for Justice had not discriminated directly under section 13 of the Equality Act 2010 or indirectly under section 19.’

WLR Daily, 31st March 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

‘Catastrophic failure’ allowed convicted killer to murder on day release – The Guardian

Posted March 24th, 2015 in murder, news, release on licence, reports by sally

‘A convicted killer was allowed out on day release, leaving him free to murder a good samaritan in a decision described as a “catastrophic failure” by the chief inspector of prisons.’

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The Guardian, 23rd March 2015

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“Keep our kids safe from predators” FB page on the rampage again – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 26th, 2015 in damages, human rights, internet, news, privacy, release on licence by sally

‘The plaintiff was a former sex offender who had been identified on a Facebook page run by the second defendant called “Keep Our Kids Safe From Predators 2″. He had been released on licence and he was apprehensive about his safety upon his return to the community.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th February 2015

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Judge condemns laws that leave him powerless to give dangerous paedophile tough sentence – Daily Telegraph

‘Judge Andrew Woolman says laws mean he has to give sex offender Jason Leonard a “completely academic” sentence after he breached his licence conditions.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th December 2014

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Galiazia v Governor of HMP Hewell and others – WLR Daily

Posted December 2nd, 2014 in law reports, release on licence, remand, sentencing by sally

Galiazia v Governor of HMP Hewell and others [2014] EWHC 3427 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 509

‘Section 240ZA(3) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, as inserted, allowed time on remand to be counted only against time spent in custody and it could not be credited to reduce time spent on licence.’

WLR Daily, 23rd November 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

British brothers jailed for training at terrorist camp in Syria – The Independent

Posted November 27th, 2014 in news, release on licence, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘Two jihadist brothers have become the first Britons to be jailed for going to Syria to attend a terrorist training camp.’

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The Independent, 26th November 2014

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Regina v Kerrigan; Regina v Walker (Nicholas) – WLR Daily

Posted October 31st, 2014 in appeals, attempts, imprisonment, law reports, release on licence, robbery by sally

Regina v Kerrigan; Regina v Walker (Nicholas) [2014] WLR (D) 450

‘There was no automatic deduction for time spent in custody by a defendant who, following arrest, was recalled to prison, on revocation of licence, to continue serving a previous sentence.’

WLR Daily, 28th October 2014

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Prisoner Anthony Douglas accidentally released because of shared surname – The Guardian

Posted July 8th, 2014 in inquiries, mistake, news, prisons, release on licence by tracey

‘Inquiry launched into how man with same surname as another inmate due to come out came to be released from HMP Hewell.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2014

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R (on the application of Whiston) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for Justice (Respondent) – Supreme Court

Posted July 3rd, 2014 in appeals, human rights, law reports, release on licence, Supreme Court by sally

R (on the application of Whiston) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for Justice (Respondent) [2014] UKSC 39 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 2nd July 2014

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Regina (Tabbakh) v Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust and another – WLR Daily

Posted June 25th, 2014 in human rights, law reports, prisons, release on licence by sally

Regina (Tabbakh) v Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust and another [2014] EWCA Civ 827; [2014] WLR (D) 278

‘In respect of a prisoner due to be released on licence who was subject to multi-agency public protection arrangements, the policy guidance governing the imposition by the Secretary of State for Justice of additional conditions on the prisoner’s licence did not breach the requirements of procedural fairness or article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and was not inherently unlawful.’

WLR Daily, 19th June 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Review after ‘Skull Cracker’ Michael Wheatley absconds – BBC News

Posted May 6th, 2014 in fugitive offenders, news, prisons, release on licence by tracey

‘A review has been ordered after an armed robber dubbed “the Skull Cracker” went missing when he was temporarily allowed out of an open prison.’

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BBC news, 5th May 2014

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Criminal Justice and Courts Bill – new criminal offences – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Another year, and yet more criminal justice legislation. The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill 2013-14 is going through Parliament at the moment, and it will come as no surprise that it includes new criminal offences.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 22nd April 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk