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A collaboration led by the University of Plymouth has received additional funding for its work with prisoners with mental health needs. A national collaboration investigating a cross-agency ‘joined up’ approach to the needs of prisoners with mental health needs on and immediately after release, has received additional funding of almost…
A key plank of controversial probation reforms shows no sign of improving re-offending rates and could be ditched immediately with little impact being felt, a highly critical report concludes. So-called Through the Gate services were introduced as part of a partial privatisation in 2015 to bridge the gap between prison…
A watchdog has expressed astonishment at the failure to introduce a "properly resourced" national strategy for older prisoners after a dramatic rise in inmates aged over 60. Nigel Newcomen, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, said staff are managing ageing prisoners with limited resources and inadequate training. He warned his office…
The struggle to meet mental health need in prisons has been laid bare as figures show significantly more people in prison have attempted suicide than in the general population. Released to mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, the figures from the Prison Reform Trust highlight the "urgent need"…
An official watchdog has hit out at a "lack of concerted and sustained action" following a jump in suicides among female prisoners. Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen said lessons identified in a new review of cases had been highlighted previously by his office. And he warned that sweeping reform…
Myths and assumptions about the ten million UK citizens with a criminal record were addressed at a Positive Youth Justice event held at Edgehill University last week. Guest speakers included Professor Stephen Case, a criminologist specialising in youth justice issues, leading political commentator, Kenny Imafidon, described by the Huffington Post…
An immigration removal centre has been hit by surging levels of violence and drug use, an inspection report has warned. Morton Hall near Lincoln has seen a "significant decline" in safety, with rising numbers of assaults on detainees and staff. An official watchdog raised concerns about the impact of new…
Organisations working to help offenders and their families will share almost £3 million of Scottish Government funding. Seven charities will use the cash to fund specialist services including employment training, early intervention, support for families of prisoners and social care support. The organisations include Apex Scotland, one of the main…
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