Category Archives: Prisons & Probation Ombudsman

Open letter to the Prisons Ombudsman

OPEN LETTER To:     Nigel Newcomen – Prisons and Probation Ombudsman for England and Wales From: Mark Leech, Editor: The Prisons Handbook for England and Wales Ref:    Proposals to reduce prison law legal aid Date: 16th April 2013 Nigel You will be aware that the Justice Secretary has announced proposals for a savage reduction in prison… Continue Reading

PRISONS AND PROBATION OMBUDSMAN’S REFUSAL TO SEEK THE VIEWS OF PRIMARY STAKEHOLDERS

Nigel Newcomen, above, the beleaguered Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) for England and Wales, has revealed that he has not sought the ‘primary stakeholder’ views of prisoners or those on probation on the operation of his Office since 2009, despite the fact that he seeks the views of all non-essential stakehoders (non-prisoner/probation groups) annually –… Continue Reading

INDEPENDENT POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMISSION TO BE INVESTIGATED FOR BIAS – BUT WHEN WILL THE PRISONS OMBUDSMAN BE SIMILARLY INVESTIGATED?

The Home Affairs Committee is today launching an inquiry into the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). The Committee’s inquiry will include, but will not be limited to, analysis of: The independence of the Commission; The powers and responsibilities of the Commission; and The effectiveness of Commission investigations. Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the… Continue Reading

NI CELL DEATH GOVERNOR SUSPENDED

The governor of a young offenders and women’s prison in Northern Ireland has been suspended. Gary Alcock was temporarily removed from his post following concerns raised about the regime at Hydebank Wood in south Belfast by the region’s prisoner ombudsman. It is understood the issues identified by Pauline McCabe relate to her investigation into the death of… Continue Reading

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