Category Archives: Secretary of State for Justice / Prisons Minister

Major Prisoner Privileges Scheme changes announced tomorrow

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Tomorrow (30th April), the Secretary of State for Justice is announcing significant changes to the Incentives and Earned Privileges scheme, which operates in all prisons.

This follows a review of the scheme, ordered by Minsters last year, to reassure the public that privileges gained in prison were earned through hard work and good behaviour.

The changes are currently embargoed but check back to this site after midnight for full details and comment.

 

TOUGHER SENTENCES FOR VIOLENT CRIME

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NON-LAWYER BECOMES JUSTICE SECRETARY AND LORD CHANCELLOR

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