Author Archives: prisonsorguk

“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

New Police Watchdog Starts Work Today

A major overhaul of the police complaints system in England and Wales begins on Monday with the launch of a new watchdog. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is being replaced by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) as part of a shake-up announced by Theresa May as home secretary. Ministers say the changes… Continue Reading

HMP SWANSEA: “Grudging acceptance of change or passive resistance will not suffice” to address complacency and inexcusable safer custody failures, says Chief Inspector

Background: In the three years since the last inspection of HMP Swansea in October 2014, when a total of 58 recommendations were made, just 8 had been implemented by the time of this inspection. An Implementation rate of just 14%. Safety: 17 recommendations made, 2 implemented. Respect: 20 recommendations made, 5 implemented. Purposeful Activity: 11… Continue Reading

Number of female prisoners released into homelessness soars

The number of women released from prison into homelessness has more than doubled over the past year, new figures have revealed. Information obtained by Labour showed that 227 female offenders were recorded as being homeless by the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) in the second quarter of 2017, compared with 103 a year earlier. In total, almost a… Continue Reading

£200,000 Paid Out In 2016-2017 Prison Lost Property Claims

Prisoners have received hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation for lost or damaged property, new figures reveal. More than 10,000 taxpayer-funded payouts have been made since 2013 for items including a dressing gown, hair clippers and trainers. In total, more than £850,000 was awarded over the last four years, statistics obtained by the Press… Continue Reading

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