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The proportion of victims offered the chance to take part in justice schemes that bring them into contact with criminals has plunged, a report has warned. Figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales show that only 4.2% of all victims were offered the opportunity to meet with the…
Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi will narrate a documentary about what it is like to have a parent in prison for BBC Children In Need. Prison, My Parents and Me will show what it is like to be a prisoner's child, and give children often lost in the system a…
Thousands of extra prison guards will be hired and "no fly zones" imposed over jails in a drive to tackle the "toxic cocktail" of drugs, drones and mobile phones behind bars. Offenders will be tested for drugs on entry and exit from prison as part of sweeping reforms aimed at…
Up to 1,500 offenders living in the community will be tracked by satellite under a trial of new tagging technology. The Ministry of Justice is to launch a pilot programme in two areas to test the use of GPS monitoring devices. Plans for the initiative were first announced earlier this…
New sentencing rules have been drawn up to ensure criminals such as sex offenders or stalkers receive appropriate punishments for flouting court orders. Judges and magistrates are set to be given comprehensive guidelines on dealing with those who have breached measures including those imposed in relation to harassment and sex…
Prison safety has deteriorated to its most serious level and there is no sign of an improvement in rates of violence and self-harm, the chairman of the Parole Board has warned. Professor Nick Hardwick said the latest jail safety figures are "appalling" and the "worst they have ever been". His…
The National Probation Service, which manages higher-risk offenders, has been hit by "chronic" staff shortages in Kent, a watchdog has warned. The performance of the service in the county was described as "noticeably poor" in comparison to other areas. It was struggling to establish itself and not enough was being…
An expansion of the use of electronic tags to help reduce reoffending has been proposed by the Scottish Government. Pilot projects will see GPS tracking, alcohol monitoring technology and tagging as an alternative to remand used in Scotland for the first time. The plans, announced on Tuesday by Justice Secretary…
Re-offending rates among criminals given short jail sentences remain high and public protection work is "weak" despite a probation revolution, watchdogs have warned. Risks of harm presented by prisoners are not always recognised and victims are not always protected, according to an assessment of a key plank of a shake-up…
A shortage of accommodation and lack of funding are hampering efforts to help female offenders turn away from crime, a watchdog has warned. Dedicated funding for women was said to have "virtually disappeared" since an overhaul of probation services was launched in 2014. Inspectors found a reduction in the availability…
A new bilingual e-learning module on assessing and meeting the care and support needs of individuals in the secure estate is now available on the Care Council for Wales' Learning Zone. It’s the third e-learning module to be added to the site since its launch in January, following on from…
Prison officers who watched as a mentally ill prisoner blinded himself were not sufficiently trained to deal with such a severe case, the Justice Minister has told the Northern Ireland Assembly. Shocking levels of self-harm were inflicted by Sean Lynch at high-security Maghaberry Prison in Co Antrim in June 2014.…
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