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Putting rocket boosters on the rehabilitation revolution

Putting rocket boosters on the rehabilitation revolution | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it

The speech gave a few clues about the direction of travel: 1) a much bigger system of PbR will be rolled-out which will focus on offenders sentenced to less than 12 months in prison; 2) delivery will be centred around post-custodial support (as there is no probation provision for this cohort) rather than in-prison rehab; 3) the scheme will exclusively involve the private and voluntary sector; and 4) all of this will happen very quickly.

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Tragic loss of an ex-offender who turned his life around

Tragic loss of an ex-offender who turned his life around | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it
Craig overcame massive emotional barriers only to find that when he was ready to do something significant, there was little chance to do so.
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Prisoners want work, but undercutting civilian pay is not the answer

Prisoners want work, but undercutting civilian pay is not the answer | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it
Erwin James: Private companies should pay prisoners working outside a fair day's pay...
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Ministry of Justice statistical breakdown - The Howard League for Penal Reform

Ministry of Justice statistical breakdown - The Howard League for Penal Reform | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it
The Howard League for Penal Reform is the oldest penal reform charity in the UK. It was established in 1866, and is named after John Howard, one of the first prison reformers.

 

Some really interesting statistics about re-offending rates for community sentences and short prison sentences, and violence in prisons.

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Humberside Probation Trust responds to the probation review

Humberside Probation Trust responds to the probation review | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it

Humberside Probation Trust has completed a detailed response to the proposals contained within the Effective Community Sentences and Effective Probation Services consultation documents. This has been sent to the Ministry of Justice along with a very helpful and constructive response from Humberside Criminal Justice Board’s diversity panel on the equality and diversity aspects of the proposals.

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Probation officers say service faces fragmentation by private sector

Probation officers say service faces fragmentation by private sector | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it
Warning that putting tasks such as supervising offenders in community up for competition could see service disappear...

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Probation Success Story Shocka! #probation #rehabilitation #criminiology

Probation Success Story Shocka! #probation #rehabilitation #criminiology | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it

Only this morning was I telling a half-packed lecture theatre that you rarely hear any good news stories about probation... I do like to be proved wrong.

 

THE Leamington-based Warwickshire Probation Trust is the top performing probation service in England and Wales at reducing reoffending, according to figures recently released.


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Payment by Results #prison #criminology #reoffending

Justice Minister Crispin Blunt spoke to BBC Radio 4's PM programme about reducing reoffending and the launch of a new 'Payment by Results' pilot at Doncaster Prison.

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The economic case for arts interventions in the CJS

The economic case for arts interventions in the CJS | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it

On 25th October the Arts Alliance hosted the Anne Peaker debate on considering the case for the inclusion of arts practice in the CJS.  This Youtube channel hosts clips of interviews with people who took part in the debate.


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A Point of View - Will Self on #prisons #criminology

A Point of View - Will Self on #prisons #criminology | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it

In this series of comments on Radio 4, Will Self talks (Friday 7th October) about why prisons fail.  An element of what makes this such a good, short opinion piece is Self's glorious use of language. It takes a historical view of the current prison crisis and considers changes in British society as well as the conditions in our criminal justice system.


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Koestler Trust - Art by Offenders #criminology #prisons #art

Koestler Trust - Art by Offenders #criminology #prisons #art | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it

The Telegraph's opera and arts critic, Rupert Christiansen, comments about the work in this year's Koestler Trust exhibition.  The work is by both prisoners and those serving community sentences and incorporates 'art' in its very broadest sense, and is opening tomorrow at the Royal Festival Hall.

 

Despite the rhetoric of the 'rehabilitation revolution' in the CJS, much creative provision in prisons is being affected by public sector spending cuts. 

 

As is always the case with newspaper articles, the comments are often exceptionally disheartening. These are less so than the ones on the Guardian website! 


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Author Glenn Thomas Langohr's comment, July 19, 2013 12:04 PM
After serving 10 years in California prisons and 4 years in solitary confinement, I just spoke about that on PBS~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6csHeGqpe20 Tap this link for my Prison Books~ http://amzn.to/1bhqCUh I shined a light on Prison Overcrowding, the Hunger Strike, the lack of Rehabilitation and then pointed to a better way. To check out "My Hardest Step" in Print, being adapted for TV go here~ http://amzn.to/1930Lif
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Unemployed offenders face tougher work in the community

Unemployed offenders face tougher work in the community | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it

'Plans to step up community penalties as an alternative to prison could include the possibility of hard manual labour...'

 

Hard manual labour...indeed.


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Author Glenn Thomas Langohr's comment, July 19, 2013 12:04 PM
After serving 10 years in California prisons and 4 years in solitary confinement, I just spoke about that on PBS~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6csHeGqpe20 Tap this link for my Prison Books~ http://amzn.to/1bhqCUh I shined a light on Prison Overcrowding, the Hunger Strike, the lack of Rehabilitation and then pointed to a better way. To check out "My Hardest Step" in Print, being adapted for TV go here~ http://amzn.to/1930Lif
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Jails must stop being 'Victorian warehouses' #prison #criminology

Jails must stop being 'Victorian warehouses' #prison #criminology | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it

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Author Glenn Thomas Langohr's comment, July 19, 2013 12:02 PM
After serving 10 years in California prisons and 4 years in solitary confinement, I just spoke about that on PBS~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6csHeGqpe20 Tap this link for my Prison Books~ http://amzn.to/1bhqCUh I shined a light on Prison Overcrowding, the Hunger Strike, the lack of Rehabilitation and then pointed to a better way. To check out "My Hardest Step" in Print, being adapted for TV go here~ http://amzn.to/1930Lif
Darcy Delaproser's comment, July 19, 2013 12:16 PM
Thank you for sharing Glen
Miriam Scurrah's curator insight, September 17, 2013 10:22 PM

We are still warehousing in Tasmania. Throughcare is a rhetoric, not a reality and rehabilitation is non existant for the majority of prisoners.

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This appetite for revenge against offenders will never cut crime

This appetite for revenge against offenders will never cut crime | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it
Angry Daily Mail readers should not define criminal justice policy.
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Served your time in prison and looking for a job? You're out of luck

Served your time in prison and looking for a job? You're out of luck | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it
Sadhbh Walshe: Few ex-prisoners in the US manage to secure employment after their release – a prior conviction automatically disqualifies them.
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Prisoners paid £3 a day to work at call centre that has fired other staff

Prisoners paid £3 a day to work at call centre that has fired other staff | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it
Becoming Green, which took on prisoners for 'work experience', says dismissals 'part of normal call centre environment'...
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Latest Data shows Reconviction Rates are Steadily Falling | PCA

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Longer prison sentences are not the way to cut crime

Longer prison sentences are not the way to cut crime | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it

To think that simply locking people up for longer will make any difference is to ignore reality. As a former governor of Brixton prison, I know how broken our criminal justice system has become. Prison is important, but it should be reserved for those who commit the most serious crimes and for those who present a danger to society.

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Jails must stop being 'Victorian warehouses' #prison #criminology

Jails must stop being 'Victorian warehouses' #prison #criminology | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it

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Author Glenn Thomas Langohr's comment, July 19, 2013 12:02 PM
After serving 10 years in California prisons and 4 years in solitary confinement, I just spoke about that on PBS~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6csHeGqpe20 Tap this link for my Prison Books~ http://amzn.to/1bhqCUh I shined a light on Prison Overcrowding, the Hunger Strike, the lack of Rehabilitation and then pointed to a better way. To check out "My Hardest Step" in Print, being adapted for TV go here~ http://amzn.to/1930Lif
Darcy Delaproser's comment, July 19, 2013 12:16 PM
Thank you for sharing Glen
Miriam Scurrah's curator insight, September 17, 2013 10:22 PM

We are still warehousing in Tasmania. Throughcare is a rhetoric, not a reality and rehabilitation is non existant for the majority of prisoners.

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Should more prisoners be made to work?

This evening on BBC Radio 4's File on 4 programme there will be a discussion about the nature of paid employment in prisons.   Part of the rehabilitation revolution or something more sinister than that?

 

Certainly one to download the podcast for.


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Troy Davis: vengeance dressed up as justice #criminology #punishment

Troy Davis: vengeance dressed up as justice #criminology #punishment | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it

Last week saw the execution of Troy Davis for a murder he said he did not commit. Right up until his execution he maintained his innocence.  This article by Erwin Jamesconsiders the role capital punishment plays in a 'young civilisation' and considers whether executions are justice or vengance.


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Moral Maze, What are prisons for? #criminology #prisons

Moral Maze, What are prisons for? #criminology #prisons | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it

Ah, the Moral Maze. Guarenteed to upset & infuriate you no matter at what end of the political spectrum you sit.

 

This podcast is the edition from Wedsnesday 7th September, and considers, after the summer's disorder, what prisons are for.


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Prisoners' wages to help victims #prison #criminology

Prisoners' wages to help victims #prison #criminology | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it

This article considers the Prisoners' Earnings Act, which proposes to give 40% of prisoners' wages to Victim Support.  The article notes the reponse of The Howard League, the Prison Reform Trust and Victim Support.

 

Comments from Frances Crook from the Howard League seem particularly important from my point of view.


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Making community sanctions work - Letters

Making community sanctions work - Letters | Rehabilitation and Punishment | Scoop.it

Letters: If offenders are to move into real employment once their payback in completed, there must be a focus on skills and training...

 

The response to the article about unpaid work or community payback, including the PRT and Criminal Justice Alliance.

 

 


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Prison population figures

Each week the Ministry of Justice publish the prison population figures.  The rise between last week and this is quite startling.


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Author Glenn Thomas Langohr's comment, July 19, 2013 12:04 PM
After serving 10 years in California prisons and 4 years in solitary confinement, I just spoke about that on PBS~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6csHeGqpe20 Tap this link for my Prison Books~ http://amzn.to/1bhqCUh I shined a light on Prison Overcrowding, the Hunger Strike, the lack of Rehabilitation and then pointed to a better way. To check out "My Hardest Step" in Print, being adapted for TV go here~ http://amzn.to/1930Lif