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Published on October 21 2014 in General

Whistleblowers in the Prison Service are being threatened with dismissal for raising serious concerns about their ability to keep inmates safe and their fears over soaring levels of violence. The attempts to silence staff have been condemned by a Con…

 
Published on October 20 2014 in General

The prison system in England and Wales is "in crisis", according to the Howard League for Penal Reform.  The charity claims the number of prison officers has been cut by 41% during the Government's time in office.  Howard League chief executive Franc…

 
Published on October 20 2014 in General

The attorney general has revealed that the government is considering changing the evidential basis for prosecuting white collar crime. Jeremy Wright QC MP told the Gazette there is concern that too many directors are avoiding punishment even when the…

 
Published on October 19 2014 in General

Internet trolls will face up to two years in jail under tough new laws proposed by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling following a number of high profile cases. The sentence for internet abuse is presently six months but under the plans Mr Grayling is p…

 
Published on October 19 2014 in General

Exclusion from school risks “propelling” young people into a life of crime, a study of offending has concluded. Analysis carried out by the Scottish Government found good parenting and schooling in early life, along with policies to tackle drug and a…

 
Published on October 18 2014 in General

The Ministry of Justice has come up with the idea of building a super-prison for children as young as 12, at the core of which will be a regime of punishment and physical restraint. The jail will house around 300 boys and a handful of girls, and incl…

 
Published on October 18 2014 in General

Ministers have been urged to launch an urgent inquiry into the number of suicides in prison after a Guardian investigation revealed that more than six inmates a month are taking their own life. The shadow justice secretary, Sadiq Khan, described the…

 
Published on October 14 2014 in General

Labour says it would turn the well-worn catchphrase on its head because the role of police and crime commissioner (PCC), one of the flagship policies of Home Secretary Theresa May, is broken beyond repair. A policy commission, set up by the party, ha…

 
Published on October 14 2014 in General

A "significant" use of weapons by inmates of a prison for teenage boys has been discovered by inspectors. Some 35 weapons were found in a search at Cookham Wood, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) said. In the six months before the inspecti…

 
Published on October 13 2014 in General

It was the trial that had everything: a love story, a sporting hero who overcame disability to star at the Olympics, a photogenic model girlfriend and a shocking Valentine’s Day killing. Millions of South Africans will tune in on Monday to see whethe…