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Too many prisons have become "unacceptably violent and dangerous places", a watchdog has warned. Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke said the "grim situation" his predecessor described around a year ago has not improved, and in some key areas it has "become even worse". In his first annual report since…
An extra £12 million will be spent over the next 2 years to expand services that make mental health assessments available to those arrested. The funding will see a roll out of liaison and diversion services in police custody suites and criminal courts across England. Currently, 50,000 people a year…
Older prisoners are being "set up to fail" after they are released, campaigners say. They face a lack of adequate provision to meet their health and social care needs, it was claimed. In a joint report the Prison Reform Trust and Restore Support Network said people aged 60 and over…
Convicts serving indeterminate sentences for public protection (IPP) are turning to self- harm as they see no end to their detention, a new report has warned. Figures show that for every 1,000 people serving an IPP there were 550 instances of self- harm - far higher than the rate for…
The number of children in custody who are restrained has more than doubled in the last five years, according to research. A report by the Howard League for Penal Reform on the use of restraint, solitary confinement and strip-searching in child units in England and Wales describes the practice as…
A summit is to be held as violence against staff in prisons, immigration centres and prisoner escort services hits "breaking point". The Community union said its members in the prison sector, secure immigration centres, young offender institutions, secure training centres, courts and prisoner escorting and electronic monitoring services have seen…
An 11-year-old disabled girl who was held alone in police custody for a total of 60 hours without an appropriate adult endured "a nightmare", her mother has said. The child was arrested three times and detained under the Mental Health Act once between February 2 and March 2 2012 by…
The crisis in British jails threatens a repeat of the biggest prison riots in UK history at Strangeways in Manchester almost 30 years ago, the shadow justice secretary has warned. Lord Falconer of Thoroton argued unless the "chronic" problems in the system were tackled and the number of prisoners reduced,…
An increased risk of suicide in prison may be linked to staff shortages, a new report suggests. Researchers quizzed former and current inmates about the issue after a rise in the number taking their own lives while behind bars. The joint paper from the Howard League for Penal Reform and…
Rising levels of violence, self-harm and suicides behind bars threaten to "severely undermine" the Government's prisons overhaul, a parliamentary report has warned. Safety in jails in England and Wales continues to deteriorate "significantly" despite a host of measures designed to improve the picture, according to the House of Commons Justice…
Watchdogs have raised concerns after it emerged nine inmates have taken their own lives at a prison in recent years. There had been five more self-inflicted deaths since HMP Woodhill was last inspected, making a total of nine since 2012. Deputy chief inspector of prisons Martin Lomas said: "This was…
Ministers have come under pressure in the Lords to push ahead with prison improvements after a record number of deaths in custody. Justice minister Lord Faulks said the Government recognised the seriousness of the problem and was taking action to respond. At question time, he said the use of psychoactive…