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Specialist "drying out" centres could be created to hold people who are detained while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a major review suggests. Ministers were urged to look into the viability of such facilities as an alternative to police custody or accident and emergency departments. The concept is…
Violence in prisons in England and Wales is continuing to surge with assaults and self-harm at record levels, official figures show. Assaults inside jails increased to a record high of 27,193 incidents in the year to June 2017, Ministry of Justice (MoJ) data reveals. There were also a record number…
A report into a riot-hit jail has revealed inmates were locked up for as much as 23 hours a day and highlighted a failure to provide soap, cleaning materials and toilet paper. Scores of prisoners flooded the gangways at the Category B HMP Bedford in chaotic scenes in November 2016…
People who commit attacks on emergency workers will face tougher sentences under a new law. The legislation was proposed in a private members bill by Labour MP Chris Bryant, who said assaults on police and paramedics were "a national disgrace". The new Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill has received…
Criminals could be barred from drinking alcohol or gambling after they are freed from prison under a new drive to tackle re-offending. For the first time, probation officers will be able to impose tailored restrictions on individuals released on licence. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said conditions could include a…
Hundreds of alleged or convicted sex offenders have been placed in a prison to help tackle high levels of violence, according to a watchdog report. The "deliberate policy" apparently aimed at producing a "stabilising" effect was flagged up in an assessment of HMP Doncaster following an inspection in July. HM…
Former detainees and a charity have won a challenge against a Government policy change on torture said to have led to asylum seekers fleeing persecution being wrongly detained in UK immigration centres. Mr Justice Ouseley ruled in their favour on Tuesday after hearing accusations that individuals were locked up during…
Council leaders are calling for urgent action to ensure children and teenagers held in youth custody are safe. The Local Government Association wants the Government to publish a clear action plan to improve conditions in young offender institutions and secure training centres. Earlier this year the prisons watchdog described the…
Police officers should not restrain people suspected of suffering from mental health problems, the police watchdog has said. They should instead use containment and de-escalation techniques when dealing with members of the public who could be mentally ill, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said. The recommendations are contained within…
An investigation has been launched after a Chinese man was found dead at an immigration detention centre. The body of the man was discovered at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, on Tuesday. Officers from the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will now begin investigating the circumstances surrounding his…
Probation officers and staff in Northern Ireland have been warned by police they are under an increased threat from dissident republican terrorists. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) contacted the Probation Board to advise that the threat level against some members has been raised, particularly in republican areas. Board…
Prosecutors will decide whether two Metropolitan Police Service employees should be charged over the death of a homeless man, the police watchdog has said. Pericles Malagardis, 63, was found unresponsive outside Uxbridge police station in west London on March 5 last year, hours after being ejected from the reception. The…