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Prison staff have begun protest action after a damning report warned of a "dangerous lack of control" at HMP Bedford, their union said. Members of the POA, the trade union for prison staff, have been asked to demonstrate outside prisons in England and Wales from 7am "until instructed otherwise". It…
The Government is facing a High Court challenge over its definition of "torture" in relation to immigration detainees. Medical Justice, a charity which helps people in detention, claims current policy is "narrow and exclusionary" and could harm vulnerable people who have suffered torture. The charity was given the go-ahead for…
The mother of a vulnerable man who died after being restrained by police has said she is "devastated" that no charges will be brought over his death. Leon Briggs, 39, died after being restrained by officers in Luton, who held him under the Mental Health Act in November 2013. The…
Serious failings risked allowing prisoners to make contact with victims from jail, a watchdog has warned. An inspection report on HMP High Down said public protection assessments to determine whether mail and phone call monitoring was needed were not routinely completed for new arrivals. "This meant that some prisoners who…
A custody sergeant accused of breaching police standards by authorising the strip search of a philosophy lecturer who went limp and refused to give her name has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Konstancja Duff (pictured) claimed she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and flashbacks following her detention at a…
A watchdog has called on the Home Office to examine why planned removals of detained immigrant families "routinely" fail. Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke recommended the step as he revealed that nearly four in five groups of adults and children placed in one facility were ultimately released, rather than…
An official report has criticised police after prisoners were taken to court in just their pyjamas or underwear-like clothing. The incidents were recorded by HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland (HMIPS) during a review of custodial operations at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. The watchdog's report describes it as "unacceptable" for people…
The Home Office has unveiled proposed new rules for police on treatment of female detainees after warnings forces were failing to meet required standards. Ministers are consulting on plans to bolster codes of practice to ensure menstruating women in custody are treated with dignity. Earlier this year a watchdog suggested…
The current law on involving and informing the relatives or carers of people detained against their will on mental health grounds is not working well, according to new research. A team from the University of Exeter reviewed research about patient, carer and professional experiences of the "nearest relative" provisions in…
Staff at one of Britain's largest prisons were found asleep or locked in offices during an inspection that uncovered "appalling" squalor and violence, a watchdog has said, as it emerged the Government is taking over the privately-run jail. In a scathing critique, Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke warned HMP…
The prisons minister is to launch a £10 million blitz on drugs, mobile phones and poor conditions at struggling jails. Rory Stewart announced a package of measures designed to lift standards at 10 units which have "acute" problems, saying the project will pave the way for a "new ethos" across…
A police officer has been cleared of misconduct over the death of a 20-year-old who was restrained in an "unorthodox" way on a shop floor. Rashan Charles died in July 2017 after he was chased on foot to the store (pictured) in Dalston, east London, and swallowed a package as…
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