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New Statesman | Can the UK prison system follow Sweden’s example?

New Statesman | Can the UK prison system follow Sweden’s example? | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
Sweden’s prison population is shrinking, and they are actually closing facilities because they aren’t needed. What are they doing differently?
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Carillion wins prison contracts worth £200m

Carillion wins prison contracts worth £200m | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
Carillion has won contracts to provide facilities management services to 50 UK prisons.
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How can Chris Grayling apologise to MPs while ignoring the prisons crisis?

How can Chris Grayling apologise to MPs while ignoring the prisons crisis? | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
Eric Allison: Report after report shows that our jails are in meltdown. Above all the justice secretary should be saying sorry to prisoners
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Whistleblowers' fears could lead to Mid Staffordshire-style scandal in prisons, MP warns

Whistleblowers' fears could lead to Mid Staffordshire-style scandal in prisons, MP warns | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
Prisons are at risk of a Mid Staffordshire-style scandal because whistleblowers are being threatened with dismissal for raising serious concerns about staffing levels and soaring violence inside Britain's jails, an MP has warned.
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XLP: Young people should not be locked up for knife crime

XLP: Young people should not be locked up for knife crime | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
Plans to give young people mandatory custodial sentences for knife crime have been slammed by urban youth work charity XLP.
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What does the Care Act mean for older people in prisons?

What does the Care Act mean for older people in prisons? | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
Prison service is struggling to cope with reasonable health and social care adjustments for people over 60
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Judge attacks Chris Grayling for failing to provide prisoners with healthy sex courses - Telegraph

Judge attacks Chris Grayling for failing to provide prisoners with healthy sex courses - Telegraph | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
High Court judge says the Justice Secretary is failing in his duty to provide the course high-risk prisoners need to take before they are considered for release
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Research confirms harshness of sentences handed out to youth following the 2011 UK riots - World Socialist Web Site

Research confirms harshness of sentences handed out to youth following the 2011 UK riots - World Socialist Web Site | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
The denial of basic rights to those arrested showed there was no constituency within the British ruling class prepared to defend basic democratic norms.
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Taxi bill for prisoners hits £3.4million, up almost 10% in a year but ministers insist it is 'economical'

Taxi bill for prisoners hits £3.4million, up almost 10% in a year but ministers insist it is 'economical' | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: The Ministry of Justice admitted that in 2013-14 it spent £3.4million on taxis for inmates, despite Priti Patel, now a Treasury minister, last year saying the bill was a 'scandal'.
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Pope Francis Denounces Solitary Confinement, Calls for Prison Conditions That "Respect Human Dignity"

Pope Francis Denounces Solitary Confinement, Calls for Prison Conditions That "Respect Human Dignity" | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
In a wide-ranging speech on Thursday, Pope Francis revealed himself as a passionate criminal justice reformer. His words also suggest that he is familiar with the controversies surrounding solitary...
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Mental health units to be set up inside prisons - Telegraph

Mental health units to be set up inside prisons - Telegraph | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
Plans being considered by the Government will see inmates treated in specialist mental health units inside prisons in future
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Damning annual prison report should make Grayling think again

Damning annual prison report should make Grayling think again | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
A damning report which lays the blame for the chaos in prisons at the door of Chris Grayling
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Independent report into Highpoint Prison reveals concerns

Independent report into Highpoint Prison reveals concerns | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
Concerns about prisoners with mental health issues, the handling of property and a lack of counselling have been revealed in an independent report into Highpoint Prison. The report, carried out by...
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Prisons will need THOUSANDS of extra places by 2020

Prisons will need THOUSANDS of extra places by 2020 | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
The Ministry of Justice today predicted the number of prisoners in England and Wales will rise every year until the end of the decade, despite predicting a fall just 12 months ago.
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UK’s mentally ill people more likely to be found in jail than hospital

UK’s mentally ill people more likely to be found in jail than hospital | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
Matthew Williams cannibalism case holds up mirror to state of health and prison services – slated as ‘disintegrating’ by reform trust
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Surge in violence at Elmley jail lays bare prison crisis

Surge in violence at Elmley jail lays bare prison crisis | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
Situation ‘very serious’ and like many jails it is struggling to deal large-scale staff shortages, says chief inspector of prisons report
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Ministry of Justice in retreat over prisoner book ban

Ministry of Justice in retreat over prisoner book ban | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
Ministers have made an important concession in the fight for books for prisoners, with an easing of the rules over how many books are allowed in cells.
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Prisons 'a riot waiting to happen' - Howard League

Prisons 'a riot waiting to happen' - Howard League | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
GOVERNMENT cuts have left the country’s jails a riot, fire or murder waiting to happen, a leading prison reform campaigner claimed tonight (Thursday, November 6).
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Books For Prisoners: Writers call on MPs to review changes | The Economic Voice

Books For Prisoners: Writers call on MPs to review changes | The Economic Voice | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
Leading writers have urged an influential panel of MPs to examine the impact of restrictions which prevent families and friends sending books to prisoners
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Pentonville Prison tensions 'at danger level' after staff cuts

Pentonville Prison tensions 'at danger level' after staff cuts | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
Violence is rising at another London prison because of the “pernicious effects of reductions in funding”, a watchdog has warned ministers.
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Satnav tags to track every move of violent thugs freed from jail

Satnav tags to track every move of violent thugs freed from jail | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
Dangerous criminals on day release will wear satnav tags under plans to stop them from fleeing, as armed robber Michael 'Skull Cracker' Wheatley (pictured) did earlier this year.
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North Wales super-prison challenge 'must not be underestimated' warning

North Wales super-prison challenge 'must not be underestimated' warning | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
Nick Hardwick warns of higher healthcare costs for the prison population and the danger of legal-highs
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Brutal sex killer claims having to slop out cell breaches his human rights

Brutal sex killer claims having to slop out cell breaches his human rights | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
Patrick Kelly tied up a woman, put a pillowcase over her head, then raped and killed her - but was upset that he had to pee in a bucket
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The Guardian view on prison policy: punishingly expensive

The Guardian view on prison policy: punishingly expensive | independent monitoring board | Scoop.it
Editorial: Locking people up is costly but not always cost-effective. Time to think again
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