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Offenders in South Wales who commit low-level crimes while under the influence of alcohol will be offered the chance to take a two-hour educational course rather than face court, police have said. It is hoped the scheme introduced by Gwent Police will reduce re-offending and also cut costs usually incurred…
Inspectors have praised a young offender institution where boys are rewarded for good behaviour with sweets or access to computer games. The prisons watchdog commended HMYOI Werrington for creating a culture of "incentive rather than punishment". It highlighted the policy on "incentives and earned privileges" in place at the facility,…
Two former detainees at a scandal-hit immigration centre have won the first stage of a High Court bid for a public inquiry into alleged "widespread abuse" by officers. The two men, identified only as MA and BB, were detained at the Brook House facility (pictured) near Gatwick Airport, run by…
A police custody officer failed to carry out half-hourly checks on a man in custody who later died in his cell, investigators concluded. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) found that observations were instead carried out every hour by the West Midlands Police employee. However, police were carrying out…
The chief inspector of prisons has voiced fears that inmates may have taken their own lives because they could no longer face life at a violent and drug-ridden jail. Peter Clarke questioned whether there was a link between conditions at HMP Nottingham and a number of apparently self-inflicted deaths at…
Leading nurses warn that the Spice epidemic sweeping British prisons is putting nursing staff at risk. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), which is holding its annual congress in Belfast, said that nurses and healthcare assistants are often first on the scene when inmates need emergency care. The nursing union…
Asylum seekers were subjected to excessive use of restraints after escort staff were given "dire" warnings about the potential for disruption on a removal flight, an inspection report found. HM Inspectorate of Prisons said it had "serious concerns" after observing an operation to transport detainees to three European countries in…
Releasing more prisoners on temporary licence could help tackle the drugs crisis in jails, a new report suggests.The scheme does not feel like a real possibility to most inmates, meaning they have little incentive to stay clear of illicit substances, the paper says.Under the release on temporary licence (ROTL) mechanism…
Levels of violence at a young offender institution have dropped after teenagers were rewarded for good behaviour - including being given sweets and chocolate. Inspectors found an 80% reduction in assaults on staff at HM Prison and Young Offender Institution (YOI) Feltham from a previous visit early last year. At…
A mentally ill man who died in police custody "must have been petrified in his final minutes", his family have said. Kevin Clarke, 35, died at Lewisham Hospital on March 9 following an incident earlier that afternoon in the Polsted Road area of Catford, south-east London. His relatives spoke of…
Renewing a G4S contract to manage an immigration centre "is not commensurate with a humane system of dealing with migrants" the public wants after the Windrush scandal, Diane Abbott has said. The shadow home secretary said it was "a scandal" the firm's contract to run Brook House, where the BBC's…
A former prisons chief has warned that running jails unsafely is a "crime" in a scathing critique on the state of the service. Phil Wheatley highlighted reductions in officer numbers in a highly critical assessment of the Government's handling of the estate in England and Wales. He said: "It is…
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