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Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has been urged to take action to halt the “spiralling epidemic” of suicides in Scotland’s prisons.The plea came after Mr Yousaf held talks with the parents of a young woman who took her own life while serving a sentence in Polmont Young Offenders Institution.Four months after…
Criminals are being sentenced to "worsened health" when they are sent to prison, a new report suggests. The Health and Social Care Select Committee said poorer health is "too often the outcome" for inmates as a result of "overstretched staff, overcrowding and poor facilities". MPs on the committee have penned…
The parents of a young woman who killed herself in jail after enduring "horrific experiences" have called for a review of Scotland's prison system.Katie Allan's family said on Thursday they wanted a meeting with Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf as they launched a campaign calling for change.The 21-year-old geography student was…
Devon and Cornwall Police has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches in relation to an emergency response belt that was used on a man before he died in custody.Thomas Orchard, 32, died in hospital seven days after being arrested and taken to Heavitree Road police station in Exeter, Devon,…
Police could start using fitness tracker-style devices to monitor suspects' vital signs while in custody.Two UK forces are considering using the technology, which has been trialled in the NHS as what the inventors dub a "miniaturised intensive care" tracking system.A simplified version for custody suites would measure heart rate, oxygen…
The prison service and local authorities are failing to plan for a rise in elderly, ill and frail inmates, a new report warns.Many older jails are ill-equipped for prisoners in wheelchairs or with mobility problems, the assessment by two watchdogs found.HM Inspectorate of Prisons and the Care Quality Commission flagged…
The family of a man who died in police custody more than three years ago said they are “disappointed and disgusted” by the Crown’s decision not to bring any prosecutions at present as a result. Sheku Bayoh (pictured), 31, died after being restrained by officers responding to a call in…
A shortage of nursing staff is hampering the delivery of a comprehensive mental health service at a Scottish prison, it has been found. Inspectors said much has been done to improve the situation at HMP & YOI Grampian in Peterhead since its standard of health and well-being was graded poor…
Prisoners are merely being "warehoused" at a jail where they are kept in squalid conditions for up to 23 hours a day, a watchdog report has warned. Under a restricted regime, inmates at HMP Winchester are often let out of their cells for only three quarters of an hour a…
A prisoner who had been threatened by other inmates and was found hanging in his cell died by misadventure, an inquest jury has concluded. Matthew Gray, 31, was found by prison officers at HMP Norwich (pictured) on March 20 2017 and died in hospital two days later, a hearing in…
Prisoners are at risk of being freed without having finished treatment programmes aimed at cutting reoffending, a report has warned. HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland (HMIPS) found there are lengthy waiting lists for many key programmes, with one consequence being that inmates are not able to progress “appropriately” through…
A protest by prison staff over violence and safety concerns has been called off by their union after the Government agreed to drop the threat of court action. Members of the POA, the trade union for prison staff, were told to return to work by 1pm following an agreement with…
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