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HMP and YOI Wetherby – a well-led and effective Young Offender Institution

HMP & YOI Wetherby manages a challenging population well, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the Yorkshire young offender institution. HMP & YOI Wetherby was last inspected in early 2012. Since then two units have been mothballed owing to the fall in the national… Continue Reading

HMP Sudbury – Open prison failing in its resettlement role

The challenges of managing the population at HMP Sudbury had been underestimated and the prison was failing in some respects, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the open prison in Derbyshire. HMP Sudbury held 561 adult male category D prisoners at the time of… Continue Reading

Gypsies, Romany and Travellers in Prison: A Report by the Prisons Inspectorate

HM Inspectorate of Prisons today published a findings paper 1. People in prison: Gypsies, Romany and Travellers. The report concludes: Even on the lowest estimates (which are accepted to be underestimates) it is clear that prisoners of Gypsy, Romany and Traveller backgrounds are significantly overrepresented inthe prison population. Our survey findings suggest that the proportion… Continue Reading

Veterans in Prison: A Report by the Prisons Inspectorate

HM Inspectorate of Prisons today published a findings paper 1. People in prison: Ex-service personnel. The report concludes: While estimates of the number of ex-Service personnel in prison vary, there is no doubt that they form a significant minority. They have similar high levels of need arising from mental health and alcohol misuse problems to… Continue Reading

Met’s Counter-Terror Boss Moved From Role

The head of Scotland Yard’s counter-terror unit has been moved to a non-operational role in the wake of revelations concerning his links to undercover operations and the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation. Commander Richard Walton (above) has been temporarily removed from his post as head of the counter-terrorism command SO15 following yesterday’s publication of Mark Ellison… Continue Reading

Duggan Family Legal Challenge To Go Ahead

Leading judges have given the go-ahead for a legal challenge over police practices linked to the shooting of a man whose death sparked nationwide riots. The decision by three Court of Appeal judges in London today follows an earlier High Court ruling which prevented the mother of Mark Duggan from seeking judicial review of guidance… Continue Reading

4th Annual Report on National Preventive Mechanism Published

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick, today publishes the 4th annual report of the National Preventive Mechanism – the independent reporting of conditions in which those detained in custody are held In his Introduction Nick Hardwick says: Around the world, individuals deprived of their liberty are particularly vulnerable to ill- treatment – whether deliberately… Continue Reading

Judge-Led Public Inquiry Into Undercover Policing

A judge-led public inquiry is to be launched into the work of undercover officers in the wake of “profoundly shocking” findings of a major review into police corruption in the original Stephen Lawrence investigation in London, the Home Secretary has said. In his review, Mark Ellison QC found that a Metropolitan Police “spy” was working… Continue Reading

Lawrence Corruption Probe Names Cop

There is evidence to suspect one of the detectives on the original Stephen Lawrence murder investigation in London acted corruptly, a major review has found. There was a high level of suspicion that former Detective Sergeant John Davidson was corrupt both before and after he worked on the police investigation, a report by Mark Ellison… Continue Reading

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