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The way some teenage detention centre inmates were treated in the 1970s and 1980s could be officially classed as torture, a leading child abuse lawyer has said. David Greenwood, who has acted for victims of the Rotherham abuse scandal, is calling for a public inquiry into what went on behind…
Ministers have been urged to go back to the drawing board after a damning report on the Government's shake-up of the probation service. The Tory administration faced a barrage of criticism from peers over the "devastating" findings of a watchdog into the system for managing offenders in England and Wales.…
Thousands of offenders living in the community are managed by a brief phone call every few weeks, a watchdog report has revealed. In some cases convicts are only met once before being placed on "remote supervision" by private probation providers. This can involve speaking on the phone to an officer…
Appalling levels of suicide and self-harm behind bars are a "damning indictment" of the state of prisons, a Commons committee has warned. In a highly critical assessment, MPs argued there are "deep-rooted failures" in the management of prisoners' mental well-being. The deteriorating prison estate and long-standing under-staffing have created an…
New curbs to clamp down on the use of police custody to hold people in mental health crisis have taken effect. Measures which came into force on Monday include a blanket ban on placing children in cells after they are detained under mental health laws. For adults, the use of…
The prisons watchdog has delivered a scathing assessment of one of Britain's most famous jails, raising the alarm over chronic staff shortages, food supplies and a surge in violence. Wormwood Scrubs struggled to provide decent conditions, with outside areas strewn with litter, attracting rats and cockroaches, inspectors found. HM Inspectorate…
Six members of G4S staff have been sacked following undercover footage showing abuse of detainees at the Brook House immigration centre, it has been revealed. The dismissals were confirmed as it was revealed that an independent inquiry commissioned by the company into events at the centre will be carried out…
Staff at an "unsafe" youth jail have been left in hospital following attacks after surging levels of violence swept through the privately run facility, an inspection report reveals. Young inmates at Oakhill secure training centre were said to be carrying improvised weapons because they do not feel safe. Watchdogs concluded…
Ministers have faced cross-party pressure to review the UK's immigration detention centres. Liberal Democrat former cabinet minister Sir Ed Davey urged the Government to look at alternatives, while Labour's Dan Carden said minister Brandon Lewis was "completely wrong" to say Britain did not have a policy of indefinite detention. Mr…
Two-thirds of women held at a controversial immigration removal centre are later released into the community, a watchdog report reveals. Inspectors said the finding raised questions about the justification for detaining them at Yarl's Wood in the first place. The facility near Bedford houses adult women and family groups, as…
A specialist unit could be created for children and teenagers convicted of sex offences, a Government minister has suggested. Phillip Lee (pictured) said he had been encouraging the Ministry of Justice to examine whether the measure may be needed to hold those responsible for "dark and very troubling" crimes. He…
Women who have survived rape and violence before coming to Britain are still routinely held in immigration detention, according to a new report. Campaigners say female asylum seekers are being locked up despite the introduction last year of official guidance which was expected to reduce the number of vulnerable people…
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