Record numbers of graduates go straight to jail

The biggest ever cohort of prison officers to join the service through the Unlocked Graduates scheme step on to prison wings this week. Over 130 new officers are taking up roles at 23 prisons across the country, revealing the growing desire of top graduates to […]

Ministry of Justice data shows there were 7,479 assaults on prison staff nationally in the 12 months to March 2021.

On her second visit to the Isle of Wight since taking up office in May, Police and Crime Commissioner, Donna Jones, heard how prison officers feel that they are not being treated fairly when they are the victim of an […]

HMP Frankland prisoner dies in hospital after seven-hour delay in calling for ambulance

A serial rapist who called himself ‘The Ripper’ has died in hospital while serving a life sentence at HMP Frankland. Duwayne Henry was jailed in March 2015 after subjecting three sex workers to horrifying attacks, believing they would be less […]

Deporting young adult migrant offenders who have spent most of their lives in the UK

Supreme CourtPublished August 3, 2021Sanambar v Secretary of State for the Home DepartmentBefore Lord Reed, Lord Hodge, Lord Sales, Lord Stephens and Sir Declan Morgan[2021] UKPC 30Judgment July 16, 2021 Before a young adult migrant who had lawfully spent the […]

Police following Streatham attacker shot him dead, inquest told

A convicted terrorist who went on a knife rampage wearing a fake bomb belt within days of his release from jail was shot dead by officers following him, an inquest has heard. Police had tried to block the release of […]

Crown court backlog fuelled by a shortage of legal aid barristers

A shortage of barristers and judges is hampering efforts to reduce the backlog of trials, as the government announces it will reopen courtrooms and reintroduce longer sitting days. Lawyers across England and Wales have reported that trials are being delayed […]

Paedophile who abducted child died after complaining of headaches

A paedophile who kidnapped and sexually abused a young girl 20 years ago near Burton died of natural causes in jail, an inquest has ruled. Pervert Arnold Baxter died in October four years into a 10-year prison sentence and was […]

HMP Greenock indicative of Scotland’s prison crisis

Calls have been made for HMP Greenock to be replaced as soon as possible after a leaking roof forced the closure of 40 cells. The prison was built in 1907 and operates at only 75 per cent capacity because of the poor […]

Brighton cat killer jailed for five years

A security guard who killed cats in a series of attacks over eight months in Brighton has been jailed for more than five years. Steve Bouquet, 54, a shopping mall security guard from Brighton and Hove, had denied 16 counts […]

Prison bosses put transgender sex offenders into female prisons because they need “association with other women”

In July 2019 a specialist unit was opened on the Downview women’s prison estate to house high-risk transgender prisoners, including transgender sex offenders. We obtained the Equality Impact assessment through a Freedom of Information Request. The document is now available to […]

There are 3,000 lifers who shouldn’t be in jail

Let’s call him David. David had been a truculent youth, in trouble with the law before, though in summing-up the judge said he believed, on the evidence, that “you do not have a serious mental illness”. But David could fly […]

Dalian Atkinson: jury discharged after failing to reach verdict on PC

A jury has been discharged from reaching a verdict on a police officer accused of assaulting Dalian Atkinson with a baton after he was felled by a stun gun. The case against Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, 31, a West Mercia probationary […]

John McAfee: antivirus entrepreneur found dead in Spanish prison

McAfee’s extradition to the US on tax charges had been approved hours earlierThe antivirus software entrepreneur John McAfee has been found dead in his cell in Spain from an apparent suicide, hours after the country’s highest court approved his extradition […]

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