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Published on July 29 2015 in General

Reduced street lighting at night does not lead to an increase in crime or car crashes, a report suggests. Researchers analysed 14 years of data from 62 councils in England and Wales which had tried strategies such as permanently switching off lights…

 
Published on July 29 2015 in General

A pilot scheme sending police officers out on patrol with specially-trained mental health nurses has proved such a success it is being rolled out across the country. Originally launched by the Department of Health at nine forces in a bid to reduce th…

 
Published on July 24 2015 in General

It sounds like an old vinyl record stuck in its groove, another regular reminder of what has long since been a national disgrace. After six years of trying in vain to close the infamous prison for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, the White Hou…

 
Published on July 24 2015 in General

A High Court decision that it was unlawful for the government to ban inmates with a history of absconding from being transferred to open prisons has been overturned.  The policy was introduced last year after several cases of violent prisoners abscon…

 
Published on July 24 2015 in General

"Smoker or non-smoker?" After "guilty or innocent?" it's one of the most important questions you'll ever be asked – should you have the misfortune to be sent to prison. A staggering 80 per cent of prisoners smoke, but there's far more to their tobacc…

 
Published on July 24 2015 in General

The home secretary, Theresa May, has announced a review into deaths and serious injury in police custody as another family were told that a report into how their relative was left severely paralysed would be further delayed.Julian Cole, 21, was left…

 
Published on July 24 2015 in General

Homelessness levels in Scotland could rise as part of a Government drive to crack down on overcrowded houses, charities and housing chiefs have warned. The concerns have been prompted over the introduction of Overcrowding Statutory Notices (OSN) aime…

 
Published on July 21 2015 in General

The state trooper who captured prison escapee David Sweat took down the convicted cop-killer with two pistol shots from more than 50 yards away, it was revealed on Monday. State Police Sgt. Jay Cook, a firearms instructor, dropped to one knee, took a…

 
Published on July 21 2015 in General

Two inmates staged a rooftop protest at a prison in Rochdale last night. The men scrambled on to the roof of a medical centre inside Buckley Hall Prison at 6.30pm, with the protest finally ending peacefully at around 12.30am Tuesday morning. Earlier…

 
Published on July 21 2015 in General

A privately-run prison in Bridgend county is to ban smoking by February 2016, the Ministry of Justice has announced.  The decision follows High Court action launched by a non-smoking inmate at Parc Prison who said sharing cells with smokers was makin…