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Chair of the UK Torture Prevention Body Calls For Stronger Government Focus on Eradicating Ill-treatment of Detainees

20th February 2018 Following publication of the 8th Annual Report of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), its Chair today urged the UK Government to focus on the prevention of ill treatment in detention by guaranteeing the independence and resources of the NPM. The NPM was established in 2009 by the UK Government to meet its… Continue Reading

HMP Parc Young Persons’ Unit – Chief Inspector welcomes work to reverse recent deterioration in standards

The Young Persons’ Unit at HMP & YOI Parc near Bridgend in South Wales has shown “quite significant improvement’ in key aspects, including safety, in the past year, inspectors found. Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said Parc had often received positive inspection results and he welcomed work by the management to turn around… Continue Reading

HMP Usk and HMP & YOI Prescoed – “Still fundamentally successful prisons”

HMP Usk, a small jail specialising in sex offender programmes, and the nearby HMP and YOI Prescoed, an open prison, remained “fundamentally successful” establishments, inspectors found in 2017. The two prisons in south east Wales are distinct establishments three-and-a-half miles apart, but run by the same management team. Usk is a small category C training… Continue Reading

HMP SUDBURY – “We Dont Talk To The Public”

WARNING THE PICTURES LINKED BELOW SHOW GRAPHIC KNIFE INJURIES. By Mark Leech, editor: The Prisons Handbook for England and Wales. The Governor of Sudbury Open Prison refuses to speak with members of the public in general  and the victims of violent crimes in particular whose assailants are locked up in his prison. In May 2014… Continue Reading

“Once again, we found CRCs stretched beyond their capacity”

Inspectors found that staff in Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) did not see offenders often enough while under supervision on two of the most commonly used non-custodial sentences – community orders and suspended sentence orders. This lack of meaningful engagement led to poor decisions in managing breaches of the orders. Though the proportion of community-sentences completed… Continue Reading

Worboys Judicial Review Latest – Court ‘minded to grant permission’

Black-cab rapist John Worboys is appearing in person at the High Court to hear whether the decision to release him will face a legal challenge. He appeared in the dock of Court 5 at the Royal Courts of Justice on Wednesday, after Sir Brian Leveson asked for him to be brought from prison. The judge,… Continue Reading

Inspectorate warns of links to organised crime at Lindholme

Inmates with gang connections are determined to carry on “plying their trade” behind bars, a watchdog has warned. HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) flagged up the impact of holding hundreds of men with links to organised crime in the same establishment. An inspection report found drugs and violence were rife at HMP Lindholme in South Yorkshire.… Continue Reading

PAROLE BOARD: Review ‘A Priority’ After Worboys Case Says New Justice Secretary

The Parole Board followed “the correct procedures” when informing the victims of “black cab rapist” John Worboys of his release. However, Justice Secretary David Gauke told MPs the fact that some of the women learned of the decision from the media meant there was a need to review procedures. Mr Gauke, speaking in the Commons,… Continue Reading

HMYOI Cookham Wood: Violence and self-harm have increased at a youth jail

In the year since the last inspection of HMYOI Cookham Wood in September 2016, when a total of 54 recommendations were made (below), 16 had been implemented by the time of this inspection. An Implementation rate of 30%. Safety: 15 recommendations made, 7 implemented. Respect: 20 recommendations made, 4 implemented. Purposeful Activity: 8 recommendations made, 2 implemented.… Continue Reading

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