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The Home Office has unveiled proposed new rules for police on treatment of female detainees after warnings forces were failing to meet required standards. Ministers are consulting on plans to bolster codes of practice to ensure menstruating women in custody are treated with dignity. Earlier this year a watchdog suggested…
Staff at one of Britain's largest prisons were found asleep or locked in offices during an inspection that uncovered "appalling" squalor and violence, a watchdog has said, as it emerged the Government is taking over the privately-run jail. In a scathing critique, Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke warned HMP…
The prisons minister is to launch a £10 million blitz on drugs, mobile phones and poor conditions at struggling jails. Rory Stewart announced a package of measures designed to lift standards at 10 units which have "acute" problems, saying the project will pave the way for a "new ethos" across…
Victims of mentally disordered offenders are unfairly denied rights given to others affected by crime, a report has found. Ministers must act to end the "unacceptable" gap in support which leaves some victims feeling ignored and isolated, according to the assessment from Baroness Newlove, the Victims' Commissioner for England and…
A prison nurse has appeared in court to deny having an improper relationship with an inmate. Ashleigh Naylor, 30, denied two counts of misconduct and one offence against the Prison Act during a short appearance at Teesside Crown Court. One misconduct in a public office charge accuses her of engaging…
A sex offenders' prison where disgraced publicist Max Clifford collapsed after complaining of poor conditions operated "below standards of decency at times", a report has found. HMP Littlehey in Cambridgeshire suffered from a "lack of long-term investment" and has been blighted by maintenance issues, the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) said.…
Prison staff have become "inured" to conditions in jails that are unacceptable in 21st century Britain, a watchdog has warned. In a scathing critique, Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke (pictured) said drugs and violence remain rife across much of the estate in England and Wales. He highlighted how thousands…
A prisoner serving 17 years for rape has had his sentence extended after he trapped a female guard in his cell and attacked her. Liam McCarthy, 28, grabbed the woman's throat and choked her when she went into his cell for a routine inspection. He barricaded the door shut with…
A chronic shortage of housing support for women released from custody is driving them back to prison, a report claims. Arrangements are often made at the last-minute, with some women unsure on the morning of their release if they will have accommodation that night, according to the Prison Reform Trust…
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…
More criminals including sex offenders and stalkers could be locked up for flouting court orders under new sentencing rules. Judges and magistrates are being issued with the first comprehensive guidance on dealing with breaches of measures such as those imposed in relation to harassment and sexual crimes. The new approach…
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,…
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