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Published on November 22 2014 in General

A young man nervously covers up the electronic tag around his ankle, while another is full of bravado, nonchalantly saying he has somewhere else to be. Welcome to the world of the probation officer and the ex-offenders they are trying to help turn th…

 
Published on November 22 2014 in General

Those of us who regularly cover protests have suspected the police had us under surveillance for many years. Cameras documented our movements, officers we had never met addressed us by our first names and seemed to know a lot about us. It was always…

 
Published on November 22 2014 in General

Right, here goes. Tin hat on. I think that Ched Evans should be allowed to resume his football career.  I don’t know what’s worse: the frothing hysteria over the possibility that convicted rapist Evans might resume his professional football career, o…

 
Published on November 22 2014 in General

Dear Andy, So glad you are out. I bet every hour inside seemed a day. Now you can join the long list of the famous ex-prisoner Brits including Mick Jagger, Bertrand Russell, Jeffrey Archer, Jonathan Aitken, Stephen Fry and Gerald Ronson. It’s much be…

 
Published on November 21 2014 in General

Victims of crime will be supported by £45,000 of funding designed to help them repair the harm caused by their experiences.  Victims of crime will be supported by £45,000 of funding designed to help them move forward by meeting their offenders and re…

 
Published on November 20 2014 in General

Six men from Birmingham who were ordered to stay away from young girls to prevent sexual exploitation have been named after a judge ruled they could be identified. In an "innovative" legal move to prevent vulnerable children from being sexually explo…

 
Published on November 20 2014 in General

Judges must be allowed to communicate more freely with the public and encouraged to deliver decisions that are more easily understood, the head of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) has said. Sir Alan Moses, also a former high court…

 
Published on November 19 2014 in General

The mum of a prisoner who died after being stabbed at a Merseyside prison claims fears for his safety were raised before his death. Vera Ashcroft said after her 35-year-old son Darren was killed she was told that a prison officer had previously sugge…

 
Published on November 19 2014 in General

Carillion has won contracts to provide facilities management services to 50 UK prisons. The company believes that the two contracts, which will run for five years, could produce revenue of £200m over the period. The amount could increase if the compa…

 
Published on November 17 2014 in General

The figures are astonishing. There are more than 195,289 registered charities in the UK that raise and spend close to £80 billion a year. Together, they employ more than a million staff – more than our car, aerospace and chemical sectors – and make 1…