Archive for the 'prisons' Category

Teenage deaths in prison cause mounting concern – The Guardian

“Campaigners have voiced mounting concern over the recent deaths of five teenagers in five jails across England in just five weeks. In the latest case, Ryan Clark, aged 17, was found hanging in his cell at Wetherby young offenders’ institution, near Leeds, while on remand on 18 April. He was the first person under the age of 18 to die in prison custody for more than three and a half years.”

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The Guardian, 4th May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Private prisons illegally restrain children – The Independent

“Juveniles in private prisons are at risk of serious injury or death through the use of illegal restraints, according to research by the penal reform charity the Howard League.”

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The Independent, 25th April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Prisoners’ voting rights: government loses final appeal in European court – The Guardian

“The government has lost its final appeal against giving prisoners the right to vote following a ruling by the European court of human rights.”

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The Guardian, 12th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

UK prisoners seek right to vote in increasing numbers – BBC News

“There has been a sharp rise in the number of UK prisoners taking legal action to secure the right to vote.”

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BBC News, 15th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Chaplain jailed for having sex with prisoner – The Independent

“A prison chaplain has been jailed for eight months after she had a sexual relationship with an inmate.”

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The Independent, 15th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Prisoners should be given the vote, signals watchdog – Daily Telegraph

“Nick Hardwick, the chief inspector of prisons, signalled he was in favour of some prisoners being given the vote, despite admitting he has not come across a single inmate who wants it.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Prison officers sue to stop private firm taking over four jails – The Guardian

“The Prison Officers Association (POA) is to launch a high court bid to prevent the UK’s biggest private prisons contractor from taking over four prisons currently under review.”

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The Guardian, 6th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Sex swap prisoners get right to bras and make-up – Daily Telegraph

“Prison officers have been ordered to allow transsexual prisoners access to padded bras and make-up.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

UK to challenge prisoner votes ruling by European Court – BBC News

“The government has launched a legal bid to overturn a European Court of Human Rights ruling that the UK’s blanket ban on prisoners voting is unlawful.”

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BBC News, 2nd March 2011

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Srebrenica general’s attackers get life for revenge stabbing in prison – The Guardian

“Three convicted killers have been given concurrent life sentences for a revenge attack on a former Bosnian Serb general in a British high-security jail.”

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The Guardian, 21st February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Justice ‘heading for meltdown’ – The Independent

“The Government is playing Russian roulette with public safety and the criminal justice system is heading for meltdown, the Prison Officers’ Association warned.”

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The Independent, 20th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Kenneth Clarke looks to reform European Court of Human Rights – The Guardian

“The justice secretary Kenneth Clarke said he will seek to reform the European Court of Human Rights after it ruled in favour of giving prisoners the right to vote.”

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The Guardian, 20th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prisoners lose voting compensation bid – The Independent

“The High Court has blocked a compensation bid by prisoners barred from voting in last year’s general election.  Claims have been launched in county courts nationwide by 585 serving prisoners, with another 1,000 potential cases in the pipeline, Mr Justice Langstaff was told in London.”

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The Independent, 18th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Only dictators defy European rights law, judge tells Britain – Daily Telegraph

“Europe’s most senior judge faced fierce criticism last night after suggesting that Britain would resemble a 1960s Greek dictatorship if it denied prisoners the vote and ignored human rights rulings.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Criminal justice reform at a time of austerity: what needs to be done? – The Guardian

“A criminologist reflects on lessons to learn from the way in which governments, New Labour in particular, have approached crime.”

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The Guardian, 11th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prisoners’ right to vote: Q&A – The Guardian

“MPs are set to debate on a motion calling for Britain to defy the European court of human rights over giving prisoners the right to vote on Thursday.”

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The Guardian, 10th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MPs expected to deny prisoners the right to vote – The Guardian

“The government is resigned to being told by parliament not to give prisoners the right to vote nor to pay compensation to British prisoners denied that right.”

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The Guardian, 8th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Spending cuts cut hit prisoner rehabilitation, watchdogs warn – Daily Telegraph

“Spending cuts could mean prisoners are not properly rehabilitated and fuel further overcrowding, a network of watchdog bodies warns today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Politicians warned over prisoner voting rights – The Guardian

“Europe’s human rights watchdog has warned British politicians that if they continue to exclude prisoners from the right to vote they risk undermining a crucial element of democracy.”

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The Guardian, 4th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

UK may be forced to give prisoners the vote in time for May elections – The Guardian

“The government may be forced to grant the vote to prisoners serving sentences less than four years by this May’s local and European elections or face substantial compensation payouts.”

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The Guardian, 1st February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Far fewer prisoners will now get the right to vote – The Guardian

“Faced by a backbench rebellion, the government is to slash the number of prisoners to be given the right to vote, even though it is likely to increase the risk of successful compensation claims against the government in court.”

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The Guardian, 20th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Three prisons to close in coalition justice reforms – The Guardian

“Three prisons are to shut by July with the loss of 800 places, it was reported today.”

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The Guardian, 13th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

28,000 prisoners will have right to vote – The Guardian

“More than 28,000 prisoners are to win the right to vote, new figures showed yesterday, as David Cameron faces a growing revolt from the Tory right against the lifting of the 140-year-old ban on inmates voting in British elections.”

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The Guardian, 5th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

R (Chester) v Secretary of State for Justice and another – WLR Daily

“Removing the blanket ban on prisoners’ voting in elections, which was required by decisions of the European Court of Human Rights to comply with the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, involved a controversial area of social policy. It was for the Government to decide on the appropriate amending legislation to be enacted to comply with the law. The judiciary ought not to construe existing statutes so as to confer on the courts the function of deciding whether any given prisoner should lose his vote.”

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WLR Daily, 20th December 2010

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.

Judges can strip prisoners of voting rights – Daily Telegraph

“Judges can strip prisoners of the right to vote, while criminals sentenced to four years or more will also be excluded from voting, under new proposals.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th December 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Bar Council Welcomes Government’s ‘Sensible and Rational’ Approach to Sentencing Reform – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has welcomed the publication of the Government’s ‘sensible and rational’ Green Paper entitled Breaking the Cycle: Effective Punishment, Rehabilitation and Sentencing of Offenders, but has warned that the Government must look at the system in the round, and protect against unintended consequences.”

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The Bar Council, 8th December 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Prison system failing to tackle reoffending, says Ken Clarke – The Guardian

“The justice secretary, Ken Clarke, will today detail his plans to divert thousands of offenders from prison to bring to an end the Victorian-style ‘bang ’em up’ culture and reduce high reoffending rates.”

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The Guardian, 7th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Give prisoners the vote in six months or face severe penalties, UK warned – The Guardian

“The UK must introduce laws allowing prisoners to vote within six months or face severe legal and financial penalties, the European court of human rights has warned.”

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ministers plan to close jails as part of bid to cut number of prisoners – The Guardian

“The government wants to close two jails in anticipation of a raft of new policies aimed at cutting the prison population. The probation officers’ union, Napo, said it had learned that the government was considering the closure of Dartmoor and Lancaster Castle prisons, returning them to the duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster.”

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The Guardian, 21st November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina v Belton – WLR Daily

Regina v Belton [2010] WLR (D) 283

“The offence of misconduct in public office was not restricted to office holders in receipt of remuneration.”

WLR Daily, 10th November 2010

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.

Disabled prisoner to be paid £20,000 for discrimination at Belmarsh – The Guardian

“The prison service is to pay out £20,000 in damages to a prisoner who uses a wheelchair in compensation for the ‘degrading’ treatment he received while in Belmarsh jail in London.”

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The Guardian, 8th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ken Clarke to close six jails as he insists inmate numbers will fall – The Guardian

“Around 5,000 prison cells will be lost and 10,000 jobs across the Prison Service will be axed under a government plan to shut six jails in England and Wales.”

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The Guardian, 6th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ken Clarke’s prison reforms will spare mentally ill offenders jail – The Guardian

“Thousands of criminals with serious mental illnesses or drug addictions will no longer be sent to prison but will instead be offered ‘voluntary’ treatment in hospital, under controversial proposals to be unveiled tomorrow.”

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The Guardian, 7th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Child killer takes fight for vote to appeal court – The Independent

“Convicted child killer Peter Chester today takes his groundbreaking fight for the right to vote to the Court of Appeal.”

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The Independent, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Prisoners to get the right to vote – The Guardian

“Coalition set to confirm it is ready to change law to remove voting ban on more than 70,000 inmates of British jails.”

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lawcast 169: Prisoner votes – An analysis of Hirst and Frodl with Carl Gardner – Charon QC

“Today (27 October) I am talking to ex-government lawyer Carl Gardner about the ‘Votes for Prisoners’ issue and two key cases on the matter United Kingdom v Hirst and the Frodl decision.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 27th October 2010

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Youth jails yet to introduce new restraint system six years after deaths – The Guardian

“A new system of restraining troublesome children in privately run youth jails has still not come into effect six years after the deaths of two teenagers, the Ministry of Justice confirmed tonight.”

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The Guardian, 26th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Coalition in the dock over prisoner voting – The Guardian

“The government can equivocate no longer, it is legally obliged to remove the blanket ban on voting behind bars.”

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The Guardian, 21st October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Regina (King) v Secretary of State for Justice [2010] EWHC 2522 (Admin); [2010] WLR (D) 258

“The discretion of a prison governor to decide the extent of an inmate’s basic association with his fellows did not remove from association its quality as a personal right, a right which was subject to the lawful exercise of discretion by the governor. Within the autonomous meaning afforded to civil rights by the European Court of Human Rights, a prisoner’s residual right of association was a ‘civil right’ within art 6(1) of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.”

WLR Daily, 20th October 2010

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.

Kenneth Clarke pledges to cut daily prison population – The Guardian

“The justice secretary, Kenneth Clarke, today made an unexpected pledge to cut the record 85,000 daily prison population in England and Wales by 3,000 within four years.”

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The Guardian, 20th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prison governors call for release of 2,500 inmates – The Guardian

“Prison governors are to call tomorrow for the immediate release of more than 2,500 inmates who remain behind bars beyond their official release date. Eoin McLennan-Murray, president of the Prison Governors Association, will describe the situation of inmates serving a sentence of imprisonment for public protection (IPP) as ‘a blatant injustice’.”

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The Guardian, 12th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Black and female young offenders ‘failed by legal advice’ – The Guardian

“Black and female young offenders are being denied access to justice because legal advice in young offenders’ institutions is sometimes unavailable, a report shows.”

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The Guardian, 5th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ken Clarke to unveil plans for prisoners to work 40-hour week – The Guardian

“Most prisoners will be expected to work a full 40-hour week instead of spending their days in enforced idleness in cells, under plans to be unveiled by the justice secretary, Ken Clarke, today.”

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The Guardian, 5th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Can community sentences replace jail? – BBC News

“With the prison population rising, along with the cost of keeping people locked up, ministers have indicated they want to see fewer people serving short jail terms. But are community sentences a real alternative?”

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BBC News, 16th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Can you really predict a prisoner’s death? – BBC News

“Last August, two of the UK’s most notorious prisoners were released from prison.”

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BBC News, 6th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Prisoners paid £1m in late-release compensation – The Independent

“Prisoners were given more than £1 million in compensation after being released late from jail over the last three years, figures showed today.”

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The Independent, 5th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Ian Huntley sues prison service for £100,000 after razor attack – The Guardian

“Ian Huntley, the Soham murderer, is suing the prison service after he allegedly had his throat slashed with a razor blade by another inmate, it emerged last night.”

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The Guardian, 31st July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prisons minister says criminals could cut jail sentences by saying ‘sorry’ – The Guardian

“Tens of thousands of offenders may be able to reduce their sentences by making personal apologies to their victims, under plans for a ‘rehabilitation revolution’ in the criminal justice system.”

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The Guardian, 25th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Inside the Parole Board: how freedom is granted or denied for prisoners – The Guardian

“Unprecedented access opens door to the often publicly criticised, but little understood, workings of the Parole Board.”

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The Guardian, 19th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Revealed: brutal guide to punishing jailed youths – The Observer

“Shocking details of techniques used to inflict pain deliberately on children in privately run jails have been revealed for the first time in a government document obtained by the Observer.”

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The Observer, 18th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Abu Hamza extradition to US blocked on human rights grounds – Daily Telegraph

“The decision by the European Court of Human Rights to block the extradition of Abu Hamza, the radical Muslim cleric, to America to stand trial on alleged terrorist offences poses a challenge to the Coalition government.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

UK’s first private prison condemned in report – The Independent

“Britain’s first private prison, opened in the year Ken Clarke was Conservative Home Secretary, was roundly condemned by independent inspectors today.”

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The Independent, 6th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Child prison restraint rules to be disclosed – The Independent

“Child protection groups today welcomed the decision to disclose the contents of a secret manual governing the use of physical restraint in child prisons.”

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The Independent, 5th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Regina (Noone) v Governor of HMP Drake Hall and another – WLR Daily

Regina (Noone) v Governor of HMP Drake Hall and another [2010] UKSC 30; [2010] WLR (D) 164

“The release provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 applied to sentences of under 12 months’ imprisonment, unless they were imposed concurrently or consecutively with sentences of 12 months or over, in which case the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 applied.”

WLR Daily, 30th June 2010

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.

Bar Council backs Clarke over Prison Reform – The Bar Council

“Nicholas Green QC, the Chairman of the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has said the Bar Council is willing to lend its support to the Secretary of State for Justice, Ken Clarke QC MP, as he makes tough and potentially unpopular decisions regarding the prison system, though they must lead to a better and more efficient administration of justice.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 30th June 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk


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