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The solitary confinement of children and young people in the justice system should be abolished, leading medics have said. In a joint plea to the Government, the British Medical Association (BMA), the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) called for an end…
A mentally-ill man who died after he was restrained by police was a gifted footballer and viewed by many as "a father figure and a role model", his family have said. Kevin Clarke (pictured), a 35-year-old black man, died in police custody at Lewisham Hospital before 4.20pm on Friday March…
A watchdog report found there were 554 self-harm incidents at Brinsford young offenders institution between May and October last year. A small number of individuals accounted for multiple incidents. Publishing the assessment, Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke said: "In order to understand the dreadful increase in self-harm, it is…
A youth jail manager has criticised the BBC, claiming he is "on the verge of bankruptcy" after being sacked when allegations of abuse at a scandal-hit G4S-run youth jail surfaced in a Bafta-winning Panorama programme. Matthew Cunningham spoke out after being cleared of any wrong-doing following a two-month trial. The…
A court case brought against four staff accused of threatening and assaulting children at a scandal-hit G4S-run youth jail has collapsed. Team leaders Anthony Dance, 28, Gareth Evans, 27, Matthew Cunningham, 37, and duty operations manager Christopher Lomax, 36, were charged with misconduct in a public office after a journalist…
A men's jail where inmates can wear their own clothes and have phones in their cells has been praised by the prisons watchdog. Inspectors found HMP Altcourse had "bucked the trend" of rising violence and self-harm seen in many comparable establishments. The category B prison in Liverpool reported a total…
Staff at Maghaberry Prison have saved the lives of 11 vulnerable prisoners. Inspectors have expressed concern about the care of such inmates in the past and said plans for some men at risk of suicide and self-harm were unacceptable. The high-security prison's new governor David Kennedy has said safety was…
Female prisoners – often anguished at being parted from their children – are more likely to commit acts of self-harm than their male counterparts, according to a University of Huddersfield researcher who has been exploring the issue for more than a decade. In 2016 there were 22 deaths in women’s…
Foreign nationals have been kept in Britain's largest immigration removal centre for as long as four years, a watchdog report reveals. Detainees were held in "prison-like" conditions at the facility near Heathrow Airport for unacceptably lengthy periods, inspectors said. They found planned removals failed to materialise due to late legal…
The families of two young men who died while in the care of the authorities have called for legal aid to be made more available for those fighting well-funded authorities attempting to "cover up" their failings. During a hearing of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, the parents of…
Two police officers accused of spying on a woman campaigning about the death in custody of her brother have "no case to answer" a police misconduct hearing has found. The two men were accused of gross misconduct over the unauthorised surveillance of Janet Alder more than 17 years ago, outside…
A "small army of people" are leaving prison without any form of employment or accommodation, a former minister has warned. The latest Government figures reveal that almost a third of adult prisoners released last year were sent to "unsettled or unknown" accommodation and just over a quarter were found to…
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