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A specialist unit could be created for children and teenagers convicted of sex offences, a Government minister has suggested. Phillip Lee (pictured) said he had been encouraging the Ministry of Justice to examine whether the measure may be needed to hold those responsible for "dark and very troubling" crimes. He…
Violence in prisons in England and Wales is continuing to surge with assaults and self-harm at record levels, official figures show. Assaults inside jails increased to a record high of 27,193 incidents in the year to June 2017, Ministry of Justice (MoJ) data reveals. There were also a record number…
A report into a riot-hit jail has revealed inmates were locked up for as much as 23 hours a day and highlighted a failure to provide soap, cleaning materials and toilet paper. Scores of prisoners flooded the gangways at the Category B HMP Bedford in chaotic scenes in November 2016…
Criminals could be barred from drinking alcohol or gambling after they are freed from prison under a new drive to tackle re-offending. For the first time, probation officers will be able to impose tailored restrictions on individuals released on licence. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said conditions could include a…
More than 400,000 people have been placed on a police "vulnerable persons" database, an investigation has found. Officers add people they encounter at incidents to the Interim Vulnerable Persons Database (iVPD) if they are concerned for their future wellbeing. The database also records incidents where there has been an immediate…
The consequences of recent and future changes to the criminal justice system and how this will affect offenders and victims will be explored at an event organised by the University of Leicester on Wednesday 27 September. The free public lecture, titled ‘What is the future of criminal justice and human…
Council leaders are calling for urgent action to ensure children and teenagers held in youth custody are safe. The Local Government Association wants the Government to publish a clear action plan to improve conditions in young offender institutions and secure training centres. Earlier this year the prisons watchdog described the…
Probation officers and staff in Northern Ireland have been warned by police they are under an increased threat from dissident republican terrorists. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) contacted the Probation Board to advise that the threat level against some members has been raised, particularly in republican areas. Board…
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