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A prisoner takes their own life every three days as the number of suicides in jails reaches "epidemic proportions", campaigners have warned. The Howard League for Penal Reform said it has been notified of 102 people dying by suicide behind bars this year. With five weeks left until the end…
Thousands of extra prison guards will be hired and "no fly zones" imposed over jails in a drive to tackle the "toxic cocktail" of drugs, drones and mobile phones behind bars. Offenders will be tested for drugs on entry and exit from prison as part of sweeping reforms aimed at…
Prison safety has deteriorated to its most serious level and there is no sign of an improvement in rates of violence and self-harm, the chairman of the Parole Board has warned. Professor Nick Hardwick said the latest jail safety figures are "appalling" and the "worst they have ever been". His…
A new study led by researchers from King’s College London, the University of Edinburgh and Imperial College London, will investigate whether a drug called methylphenidate (MPH) reduces symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and antisocial behaviour in young male prisoners with the disorder. Around 30 per cent of young prisoners are…
The National Probation Service, which manages higher-risk offenders, has been hit by "chronic" staff shortages in Kent, a watchdog has warned. The performance of the service in the county was described as "noticeably poor" in comparison to other areas. It was struggling to establish itself and not enough was being…
An expansion of the use of electronic tags to help reduce reoffending has been proposed by the Scottish Government. Pilot projects will see GPS tracking, alcohol monitoring technology and tagging as an alternative to remand used in Scotland for the first time. The plans, announced on Tuesday by Justice Secretary…
Re-offending rates among criminals given short jail sentences remain high and public protection work is "weak" despite a probation revolution, watchdogs have warned. Risks of harm presented by prisoners are not always recognised and victims are not always protected, according to an assessment of a key plank of a shake-up…
A shortage of accommodation and lack of funding are hampering efforts to help female offenders turn away from crime, a watchdog has warned. Dedicated funding for women was said to have "virtually disappeared" since an overhaul of probation services was launched in 2014. Inspectors found a reduction in the availability…
Children are held in youth prisons as far as 187 miles (300km) from home, a report has revealed. Inspectors found that young inmates in custody further from home had fewer visits from family and friends. One boy was 187 miles from home and had not received a family visit in…
A 50-year-old woman whose son has been taken into local authority care was arrested and held in custody for 30 hours after failing to hand over his passport. Social services bosses feared that Sarah Calver might track down the youngster, who is in foster care pending a family court judge's…
Prison officers who watched as a mentally ill prisoner blinded himself were not sufficiently trained to deal with such a severe case, the Justice Minister has told the Northern Ireland Assembly. Shocking levels of self-harm were inflicted by Sean Lynch at high-security Maghaberry Prison in Co Antrim in June 2014.…
Prison officers in Northern Ireland watched as a mentally ill prisoner blinded himself but did not intervene, a watchdog said. Extreme and shocking self-harm was inflicted by Sean Lynch at the high-security Maghaberry Prison in Co Antrim in June 2014. Warders did not step in during the hour-long ordeal because…