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The number of times that police cells in England and Wales are being used to hold people suffering a mental health crisis has more than halved in one year. The 53.7% drop from 4,537 in 2014/15 to 2,100 a year later shows steps are being made to treat mental health…
Staff at Scotland's largest prison face "extra challenges" from a large increase in the number of sex offenders housed in Barlinnie, according to a report. An inspection of the male-only prison on the outskirts of Glasgow described it as "well-run" but highlighted issues over the need for separate work and…
Police officers responsible for protecting children, the elderly and domestic abuse victims should require a licence to carry out the role, ministers will be told this week. The head of the body that represents senior operational police leaders will argue that personnel in charge of keeping the most vulnerable people…
The mental health of prisoners in Northern Ireland in the 1980s was better than their counterparts in England and Wales, state files from 1989 have said. About two-thirds of inmates at that time had been charged with paramilitary offences, according to an Northern Ireland Office (NIO) assessment. It said: "The…
The first person to be charged by detectives investigating allegations of abuse and mistreatment of youngsters at a youth jail will appear in court today. Rebecca Harold, 24, was charged with common assault by Kent Police in July and will appear at Medway Magistrates' Court later. Nine other people arrested…
Inmates at Polmont Young Offenders Institution spend extended periods in their cells due to the "fear of interpersonal violence", an inspection has found. Despite an improvement in the relationship between prisoners and staff, interaction between inmates is limited by fears of violence and the use of "keep separate lists", Chief…
Soaring numbers of prisoners are being returned to custody after being released, creating a "revolving door" system which needs to be overhauled, a campaign group has claimed. Offenders who are freed to carry on serving their sentence under supervision in the community can be recalled if they fail to comply…
A controversial youth prison has been rated as inadequate by watchdogs as it emerged inmates were able to access pornography. Ofsted delivered a critical assessment of Medway Secure Training Centre in Rochester, Kent, saying the stability of the facility "has been sorely undermined by a combination of significant factors". Police…
Staff at Newcastle Youth Offending Team were doing some good work to turn children away from crime, but senior leaders needed to work better together to drive performance, said Dame Glenys Stacey, Chief Inspector of Probation as she published her report of the work of Newcastle Youth Offending Team (YOT).…
The number of prisoners mistakenly released has reached the highest level for six years. Sixty-five convicted criminals or suspects were freed in error in 2015/16 - an increase of 16 compared with the previous year and the highest in any financial year since 2009/10, when there were 68. It means…
An elderly prisoner with dementia was kept handcuffed in hospital until shortly before his death. The 77-year-old was attached to an officer via an "escort chain", which has a handcuff at each end, for two days while he was in hospital with pneumonia. He began to have serious breathing difficulties,…
A prison has been described as "dangerous" by watchdogs in the latest of a string of warnings about safety in jails in England and Wales. Levels of violence at HMP Swaleside were "far too high", with many of the incidents serious, inspectors found. A survey found 69% of inmates at…