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'Fortified schools' will become colleges of crime | @guardianletters

'Fortified schools' will become colleges of crime | @guardianletters | Community Justice | Scoop.it
Chris Grayling's announcement that a 320-bed "secure college" is be built adjacent to the existing young offender institution at Glen Parva in Leicestershire is a serious step backwards, all the more saddening given the progress made in recent...
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Gang violence is a public health issue

Gang violence is a public health issue | Community Justice | Scoop.it
A report examines whether health and wellbeing boards consider youth violence a strategic priority for local health services
Gang and youth violence can have a distressing impact on individuals, families and our local communities.
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Restorative justice can drastically reduce need to restrain young offenders

Restorative justice can drastically reduce need to restrain young offenders | Community Justice | Scoop.it
A children's home in Exeter is having success with a technique that facilitates communication between victims and perpetrators The use of restraint in secure children's homes and young offender institutions is on the rise, but a children's home in...
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Specially trained officers to support domestic abuse victims this Christmas

Specially trained officers to support domestic abuse victims this Christmas | Community Justice | Scoop.it
There will be specially-trained police officers dedicated to supporting victims of domestic abuse in Dorset this Christmas.
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Why are so many mentally ill children being held in prison cells? | Sarah Wollaston

Why are so many mentally ill children being held in prison cells? | Sarah Wollaston | Community Justice | Scoop.it
The spike in psychiatric assessments of children taking place in custody, especially in the south-west, shows a systematic failure Jeremy Hunt is right to advocate the importance of work experience for politicians as well as managers in the NHS;...
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Child victims and witnesses should no longer appear in court, says Lord Judge

Child victims and witnesses should no longer appear in court, says Lord Judge | Community Justice | Scoop.it
Former lord chief justice says children's physical presence in court is 'an antediluvian hangover from laughable far off days' Child victims and witnesses should no longer have to give evidence or be cross-examined in court, according to a former...
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Dying prisoners routinely chained to hospital beds

Dying prisoners routinely chained to hospital beds | Community Justice | Scoop.it
Glenda Jackson MP attacks 'disgusting and horrific' practice as Guardian learns brain-dead man was handcuffed in ambulance A Guardian investigation has revealed prisoners who are seriously and terminally ill are routinely chained in hospitals...
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Victims of crime get voice in court

Victims of crime get voice in court | Community Justice | Scoop.it
Victims of crime will be entitled to personally address judges and offenders in court from December, the government says.
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Yarl's Wood urgently needs more female staff, says prisons chief

Yarl's Wood urgently needs more female staff, says prisons chief | Community Justice | Scoop.it
Nick Hardwick also says male staff should be banned from entering female detainees' rooms without invitation The chief inspector of prisons has called for a ban on male staff entering the rooms of female detainees uninvited and for the urgent...
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Mentally ill people are taking up a huge amount of police time | Ben Ferguson

Mentally ill people are taking up a huge amount of police time    | Ben Ferguson | Community Justice | Scoop.it
Out on call with police in north London, I witnessed the numbers of mentally ill people in crisis who have nowhere else to go Reports that a man is threatening to slash someone's throat before stabbing himself are radioed to Brent police officers...
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Probation officers vote to strike

Probation officers vote to strike | Community Justice | Scoop.it
Probation officers in England and Wales vote overwhelmingly to strike over the government's privatisation plans.
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Which countries let prisoners vote? Interactive map

Which countries let prisoners vote? Interactive map | Community Justice | Scoop.it
Prisoners in the UK lost their appeal at the supreme court for their right to vote on Wednesday. Is Britain the only country to consider voting outside the sphere of fundamental human rights?
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Women prisoners 'exposed to abuse'

Women prisoners 'exposed to abuse' | Community Justice | Scoop.it
Private contractors exposed women prisoners to "intimidation and abuse" by forcing them to travel in escort vans with male inmates, an inspection finds.
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Siblings of young offenders also need intervention and support | Carlene Firmin

Siblings of young offenders also need intervention and support | Carlene Firmin | Community Justice | Scoop.it
All too often services work with young people who have come to the attention of police, but not with their sisters and brothers who risk being drawn into offending The year opened with a news story about Spozhmai, a 10-year-old girl apparently...
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Youth justice chiefs attack plan to move young adult offenders to prisons

Youth justice chiefs attack plan to move young adult offenders to prisons | Community Justice | Scoop.it
Government plans to close network of seven young offender institutions that hold young adults aged 18 to 20 The justice secretary, Chris Grayling, has clashed with his own youth justice chiefs over his plans to close a dedicated network of seven...
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London gangs using children as drug mules as they seek to expand markets

London gangs using children as drug mules as they seek to expand markets | Community Justice | Scoop.it
Couriers as young as 11 sent into countryside, police warn, as analysts blame social housing policy for spreading problem Children as young as 11 are being used as mules to carry drugs on trains out of London by criminal gangs seeking to expand...
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Sharp rise in riot squad call-outs to UK prison protests

Sharp rise in riot squad call-outs to UK prison protests | Community Justice | Scoop.it
Need for specialist units shows growing unrest as ministers announce plans to move young offenders to adult jails The rate at which prison governors have to call in the "riot squad" to deal with disturbances and protests inside has risen sharply...
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Concerns over privatised probation

Concerns over privatised probation | Community Justice | Scoop.it
Whistle-blowers tell the BBC's Newsnight of serious failings in the country's first privatised probation service, part run by Serco.
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Police launch major campaign as domestic violence figures rise

Police launch major campaign as domestic violence figures rise | Community Justice | Scoop.it
DOMESTIC violence has increased in Dorset with more than 6,200 incidents reported in the first nine months of this year.
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Social impact bond to fund support for new parents of hard-to-place children

Social impact bond to fund support for new parents of hard-to-place children | Community Justice | Scoop.it
Adoptive parents who take on children with disabilities or behavioural difficulties can now access extra training As part of their assessment process before becoming approved as adoptive parents, Ella Waites and her husband were asked what kind of...
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Letters: Women ex-prisoners need more support

Letters: Women ex-prisoners need more support | Community Justice | Scoop.it
Lord McNally's female prison reform fails to address women leaving prison who have no home to go to (Female prisoners to be moved to jails nearest family home, 25 October). We know 38% of women prisoners are expected to be homeless upon release.
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Two women's open prisons to close

Two women's open prisons to close | Community Justice | Scoop.it
The Ministry of Justice announces the closure of Askham Grange and East Sutton Park women's open prisons.
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Female prisoners to be moved to jail near family home

Female prisoners to be moved to jail near family home | Community Justice | Scoop.it
Reform, which also stipulates one year of support after offender's release, is designed to reduce reoffending rates Female offenders will be transferred to the prison closest to their family home under reforms to be unveiled on Friday by the...
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Spare prison places fall to 800

Spare prison places fall to 800 | Community Justice | Scoop.it
The number of spare places in prisons in England and Wales has fallen to just over 800, Ministry of Justice figures show.
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Prisoners stage roof-top protest

Prisoners stage roof-top protest | Community Justice | Scoop.it
Three prisoners are holding a roof-top protest at HMP Oakwood, near Wolverhampton.
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