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Thousands of offenders living in the community are managed by a brief phone call every few weeks, a watchdog report has revealed. In some cases convicts are only met once before being placed on "remote supervision" by private probation providers. This can involve speaking on the phone to an officer…
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…
A new report warns that drug recovery work in prison is largely futile unless suitable accommodation and support are available to prisoners after release. Research led by the University of York found that many prisoners experienced a ‘cliff edge’, receiving little or no professional support in the weeks preceding or…
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…
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…
Sheffield will turn the spotlight on tough issues such as human trafficking, recovering from drug addiction and policing during a week of hard-hitting public events. Social Justice Week (April 3-7), organised by Sheffield Hallam University's pioneering centre for human rights, the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, is a week…
The public has been left at greater risk of harm because of the poor performance of a privately-owned probation company responsible for supervising thousands of criminals in the community, watchdogs have warned. Some offenders were not seen for weeks or months and some were lost in the system altogether, according…
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