Archive for the 'rehabilitation' Category

Prisoners sign up for law degrees – The Guardian

“Legal degrees are proving popular with prisoners and ex-convicts – but can they ever become solicitors?”

Full story

The Guardian, 25th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bamber challenges whole-life tariffs in European court – BBC News

“Jeremy Bamber and two other killers are to ask the European Court of Human Rights to rule on whole-life sentences.”

Full story

BBC News, 26th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.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

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

Crispin Blunt outlines justice reforms – Ministry of Justice

“Crispin Blunt said criminal justice reforms such as payment by results for offender management, are vital to breaking the destructive cycle of crime and better protecting the public.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 25th January. 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Time to break the cycle of crime and reoffending – Ministry of Justice

“A radical reform of the criminal justice system to punish criminals more effectively and reduce reoffending was announced today by Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 7th December 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.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.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 8th December 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Sentencing reform to focus on reoffending – The Independent

“Thousands of offenders will avoid jail under an overhaul of sentencing powers that will focus on cutting reoffending.”

Full story

The Independent, 7th December 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Related link: Sentencing and rehabilitation: government proposals for reform

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.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Crispin Blunt sets out vision for youth justice – Ministry of Justice

“Minister Crispin Blunt has set out his vision for the youth justice system.”

Full speech

Ministry of Justice, 24th November 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Half of young offenders say custody does not work – Daily Telegraph

“More than half of young offenders believe detention does nothing to stop them going back to crime, a study has revealed.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 18th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Man who filmed colleagues on toilet in Yeovil sentenced – BBC News

“A trainee quantity surveyor who used a hidden camera phone to film female colleagues using the toilet where he worked has been spared a jail sentence.”

Full story

BBC News, 16th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Community punishment criticised as ‘holiday camp’ – BBC News

“The use of community service has been criticised after criminals were filmed drinking tea and smoking illegal drugs.”

Full story

BBC News, 2nd September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Probation chiefs’ ‘concern’ over community sentences – BBC News

“Probation chiefs are concerned over how they will cope with a move away from prison sentences to more community-based punishments, a survey suggests.”

Full story

BBC News, 31st August 2010

Source: www.bbc.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

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.”

Full story

The Guardian, 25th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Innovative rehabilitation pilot – Ministry of Justice

“A young offenders institute in Reading is piloting a scheme that aims to reduce reoffending and anti-social behaviour among young offenders.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 21st July 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Devon paedophile spared jail due to ‘treatment delay’ – BBC News

“A paedophile has been spared prison because a judge said authorities would not be able to put him on a treatment programme during his sentence.”

Full story

BBC News, 20th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judges hear Clarke’s plans for justice – Ministry of Justice

“A sensible review of sentencing policy is long overdue, Kenneth Clarke has told an audience of senior judges.”

Full speech

Ministry of Justice, 14th July 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Probation staff admit to serious failures over sex offenders – The Guardian

“Probation officers have admitted to lacking the skills and training necessary to protect the public from sex offenders, according to an independent investigation into the police and probation services.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th June 2010

Source: www.gaurdian.co.uk

Prison governors: short sentences do not work – The Independent

“The backlash against short-term prison sentences intensified today after the representative bodies of both prison governors and probation officers condemned them as expensive and ineffective.”

Full story

The Independent, 21st June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Former head of prisons: short sentences don’t stop reoffending – The Independent

“Prison has no effect in stopping thousands of criminals reoffending and politicians should look again at whether it is a suitable punishment for minor crimes, the outgoing head of the prison service has said.”

Full story

The Independent, 9th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

£1m each spent on most dangerous killers ‘about locking people up’ – The Guardian

“A £200m scheme to treat some of Britain’s most dangerous killers should be abandoned as it is too expensive with no positive results, and in some cases left prisoners more aggressive than before they entered jail, according to a leading academic.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Courts rapped for giving ‘too short’ jail terms to paedophiles who offend online – The Guardian

“Paedophiles convicted of downloading images of child abuse from the internet are not receiving rehabilitation treatment because the sentences they are given are too short, public protection experts warn today. A dossier collected by the probation union, Napo, reveals that typical sentences given to online paedophiles often fall far short of recommendations made by court-appointed experts who prepare pre-sentencing reports for judges.”

Full story

The Guardian, 28th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Investors to pay for prisoner rehabilitation – The Guardian

“Private investors will pay for a project to rehabilitate prisoners and receive a return on their money if reoffending rates drop, under a pioneering plan announced by the government today which could eventually the way much welfare work is financed.”

Full story

The Guardian, 19th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Scheme launched to reduce reoffending in short term prisoners – Ministry of Justice

“An innovative scheme aimed at reducing reoffending rates for short term prisoners was launched today by Justice Secretary Jack Straw.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 18th March 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Short-term jail sentences cost Britain £10bn every year – The Independent

“The mismanagement of short-term prisoners is costing Britain up to £10bn a year, the public expenses watchdog warns today.”

Full story

The Independent, 10th March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Inspectors call for review of ‘unsustainable’ indefinite prison sentences – Daily Telegraph

“Inspectors have called for a ministerial review of indefinite prison sentences, saying the current situation was ”unsustainable”.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

£140,000: the annual cost of jailing a young criminal – The Guardian

“Jailing one young criminal costs the taxpayer as much as £140,000 a year, a report says today. Locking up young offenders makes them more likely to commit further crimes and be unemployed later in life, the New Economics Foundation says.”

Full story

The Guardian, 1st March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Treatment plan promised for women sex offenders – BBC News

“The government has pledged to develop its first-ever strategy for dealing with female sex offenders.”

Full story

BBC News, 14th December 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Youth Rehabilitation Order and youth justice provisions – Ministry of Justice

“This circular contains information on the Youth Rehabilitation Order as well as other youth justice related changes.”

Full circular

Ministry of Justice, 30th November 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Cash crisis in prisoner rehabilitation scheme adds to overcrowding – The Independent

“Hundreds of convicts who could be released are being held in jails because the Government has failed to pay for enough drug treatment and rehabilitation courses, a leading prison governor warned yesterday.”

Full story

The Independent, 17th September 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Reducing reoffending in London – consultation response – Ministry of Justice

“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

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

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 26th May 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

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

Full story

The Times, 18th May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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

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

Full story

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

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

“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.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th April 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

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

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 7th January 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

“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.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 5th January 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Factors linked to reoffending – Ministry of Justice

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

Full report

Ministry of Justice, 13th October 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Illegal checks jeopardising jobs – BBC News

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

Full story

BBC News, 7th August 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Jailed murderer claims discrimination over status – The Guardian

“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

“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.”

Full story

The Guardian, 15th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New prisoners’ employment training initiative launched – Ministry of Justice

“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.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 10th June 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Community penalties hit by long delays – The Guardian

“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.”

Full story

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

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

Full story

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.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 7th February 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

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

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

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

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 6th December 2007

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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

“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.”

Full story

The Observer, 23rd September 2007

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

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

“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


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