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A culture change is needed to halt the rising number of suicides in prisons, according to a new report. Campaigners said a "profound" shift was needed to move from a primarily punitive approach to one centred around recovery, wellbeing and rehabilitation. Staff shortages and a "toxic" working environment were highlighted…
Suicides, assaults and self-harm in prisons have all reached new record levels, new figures reveal. There were 354 deaths behind bars in England and Wales last year, including 119 which were apparently self-inflicted. Self-harm incidents jumped by 23% to 37,784, while there were 25,049 assaults in the 12 months to…
Mob attacks and serious assaults on staff were among the incidents at a youth jail with high levels of violence, watchdogs found. There were 127 violent incidents recorded at HM Youth Offender Institution Cookham Wood in the six months before an inspection. A report from HM Inspectorate of Prisons said:…
Probation officers are supervising up to 80 offenders at any one time - leaving the public at greater risk, a watchdog has warned. HM Chief Inspector of Probation Dame Glenys Stacey highlighted large caseloads in a report on services in Staffordshire and Stoke. The inspection is the latest to examine…
The prison population needs to be reduced if more jail riots are to be avoided, the chairman of the Parole Board has warned. Nick Hardwick, an ex-chief inspector of prisons, said the Government could not just rely on recruiting more staff, but had to get the number of inmates down…
The public has been left at greater risk of harm because of the poor performance of a privately-owned probation company responsible for supervising thousands of criminals in the community, watchdogs have warned. Some offenders were not seen for weeks or months and some were lost in the system altogether, according…
Poor access to health care and confusion over post-detention care may have contributed to more than 400 deaths following police custody and prison detention since 2009, a new report has claimed. The report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which follows on from the 'Preventing Deaths in Detention'…
Staff shortages at a privately-run youth jail are undermining its stability, watchdogs have warned. Inspectors criticised "poor and problematic" arrangements when the management of Rainsbrook secure training centre transferred earlier this year. A report published by Ofsted concluded that the facility near Rugby in Warwickshire requires improvement for overall effectiveness.…
Prisons will be helped to access mental health services seven days a week, the Government has suggested amid concerns over high suicide rates among inmates. Justice Secretary Liz Truss said help would be offered to Lincoln prison to secure access throughout the week following issues raised by the governor over…
An internal Ministry of Justice (MoJ) assessment of restraint used against children and teenagers in young offenders institutions and secure training centres found that some techniques could kill or leave them disabled, it has been reported. The risk assessment, seen by the Guardian, showed that certain restraint techniques for use…
Edge Hill University lecturer, Sean Creaney, has helped unveil a new plan to give young offenders a voice in their punishment. Sean, a lecturer in Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour, advised the Youth Justice Board on their new Participation Strategy launched at their annual convention yesterday earlier this week. The…
The regime at a prison was one of the worst of its type to be seen by a watchdog, according to a scathing inspection report. Inmates at HMP Hindley were regularly locked in their cells for more than 24 hours, leaving them unable to attend work or education. In a…
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