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A key plank of controversial probation reforms shows no sign of improving re-offending rates and could be ditched immediately with little impact being felt, a highly critical report concludes. So-called Through the Gate services were introduced as part of a partial privatisation in 2015 to bridge the gap between prison…
A watchdog has expressed astonishment at the failure to introduce a "properly resourced" national strategy for older prisoners after a dramatic rise in inmates aged over 60. Nigel Newcomen, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, said staff are managing ageing prisoners with limited resources and inadequate training. He warned his office…
The struggle to meet mental health need in prisons has been laid bare as figures show significantly more people in prison have attempted suicide than in the general population. Released to mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, the figures from the Prison Reform Trust highlight the "urgent need"…
An official watchdog has hit out at a "lack of concerted and sustained action" following a jump in suicides among female prisoners. Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen said lessons identified in a new review of cases had been highlighted previously by his office. And he warned that sweeping reform…
Myths and assumptions about the ten million UK citizens with a criminal record were addressed at a Positive Youth Justice event held at Edgehill University last week. Guest speakers included Professor Stephen Case, a criminologist specialising in youth justice issues, leading political commentator, Kenny Imafidon, described by the Huffington Post…
An immigration removal centre has been hit by surging levels of violence and drug use, an inspection report has warned. Morton Hall near Lincoln has seen a "significant decline" in safety, with rising numbers of assaults on detainees and staff. An official watchdog raised concerns about the impact of new…
Organisations working to help offenders and their families will share almost £3 million of Scottish Government funding. Seven charities will use the cash to fund specialist services including employment training, early intervention, support for families of prisoners and social care support. The organisations include Apex Scotland, one of the main…
Four men have been held at an immigration removal centre for more than two years as it emerged the average length of detention there has increased, inspectors found. A report revealed detainees at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre near Gatwick Airport had seen their average length of detention increase from…
The High Court is to hear an urgent challenge over a teenage boy's "prolonged solitary confinement" in prison. A penal reform charity says the boy has been locked in his cell for more than 23 hours a day at Feltham Prison in west London. The Howard League for Penal Reform…
A father whose son killed himself in prison after failings by the authorities has warned that others will die unless minsters urgently improve care behind bars. Stay-at-home dad Dean Saunders, 25, was suffering from mental health problems when he killed himself at Chelmsford Prison in January last year. The prisons…
Prisons will be expected to reform criminals as well as punish them under a major justice overhaul being unveiled on Thursday. Ministers will present legislation aiming to transform crisis-hit jails and drive down reoffending that costs society £15 billion a year. The wide-ranging Prisons and Courts Bill sets in law…
Children are not being taken seriously when they report violent and sexual crimes, the Government's victims tsar has warned. Criminal justice agencies are at risk of failing youngsters who feel they are being let down by the system that is meant to protect them, according to Baroness Newlove. The Victims'…
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