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Ministers have launched a new drive to divert criminals with drug, alcohol and mental health problems away from prison. The Government wants to see more vulnerable offenders given community orders requiring them to undertake treatment instead of being handed "ineffective" short-term custodial sentences. As part of a pilot scheme in…
An episode of Panorama about the abuse of children at a scandal-hit G4S-run youth jail has been found to be in breach of one of Ofcom's broadcasting rules, the media watchdog has said. The investigative current affairs programme, which aired on January 11 2016 on BBC One, included secretly filmed…
An epileptic man who died after being restrained face down by police officers was held in a van for seven and a half minutes before receiving medical attention, a misconduct panel has heard. Duncan Tomlin fell unconscious after a struggle with Sussex Police officers when he was detained during a…
The UK should end the indefinite detention of immigrants, the UN refugee agency has urged. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has pledged to look at the issue and plans to review how time limits on the detention of immigrants work in other countries. The UNHCR's assistant high commissioner Volker Turk said…
Twenty-three people died in or following police custody last year - the highest number for a decade. Figures from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) show there were nine more police custody deaths in 2017/18 than the previous year. The number was the highest since 2007/2008, when there were…
A prison nurse has appeared in court to deny having an improper relationship with an inmate. Ashleigh Naylor, 30, denied two counts of misconduct and one offence against the Prison Act during a short appearance at Teesside Crown Court. One misconduct in a public office charge accuses her of engaging…
Detention of vulnerable women at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre will end in a pilot scheme announced by Home Secretary Sajid Javid. The announcement of the trial to MPs comes as a second independent review on immigration detention by Stephen Shaw is published. Mr Javid said the plans would see…
A sex offenders' prison where disgraced publicist Max Clifford collapsed after complaining of poor conditions operated "below standards of decency at times", a report has found. HMP Littlehey in Cambridgeshire suffered from a "lack of long-term investment" and has been blighted by maintenance issues, the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) said.…
Prison staff have become "inured" to conditions in jails that are unacceptable in 21st century Britain, a watchdog has warned. In a scathing critique, Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke (pictured) said drugs and violence remain rife across much of the estate in England and Wales. He highlighted how thousands…
Tears and applause greeted MPs' approval of mental health reforms known as "Seni's law" in memory of the man whose death inspired them. Olaseni Lewis (pictured), known as Seni to friends and family, died aged 23 in September 2010 - days after he fell unconscious while being restrained by 11…
A chronic shortage of housing support for women released from custody is driving them back to prison, a report claims. Arrangements are often made at the last-minute, with some women unsure on the morning of their release if they will have accommodation that night, according to the Prison Reform Trust…
Immigration removal flights have departed from Britain with as many as three staff for every foreign national on board, a report reveals. On one journey to Germany in June last year there were 90 escorting officers for 30 individuals. Flights to Nigeria and Ghana in January 2017 and Pakistan in…
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