Prisons

How photocopiers are reducing drug use in prisons
Prison
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How photocopiers are reducing drug use in prisons

Inmates have been getting high by smoking letters soaked in psychoactive substances
17 Apr 2018
M25 rapist Antoni Imiela dies in jail while awaiting parole
Antoni Imiela
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M25 rapist Antoni Imiela dies in jail while awaiting parole

The 63-year-old was serving seven life sentences for sex attacks on victims as young as ten
9 Mar 2018
What are IPPs and why are they in the news?
Prison
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What are IPPs and why are they in the news?

Indeterminate sentences were abolished in 2012 but ‘Kafka-esque’ detentions continue
5 Jan 2018
Inmate given ‘indefinite sentence' to go free after 11 years
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Inmate given ‘indefinite sentence' to go free after 11 years

James Ward was convicted of minor assault, but a now-banned public protection scheme kept him behind bars for an extra ten years
14 Sep 2017
Britain's IPP prisoners shackled with indefinite terms
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Britain's IPP prisoners shackled with indefinite terms

Imprisonment for Public Protection was scrapped in 2012, but more than 3,000 remain in custody
18 Aug 2017
Prison governors' chief blames ministers for jail crisis
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Prison governors' chief blames ministers for jail crisis

'Perverse' reforms have contributed to a 'toxic mix' of pressures, says Andrea Albutt
2 Aug 2017
Charles Bronson proposes to Coronation Street actress
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Charles Bronson proposes to Coronation Street actress

Britain's most notorious criminal pops the question to girlfriend Paula Williamson during phone call from jail
15 Feb 2017
Ian Huntley 'tells inmates to call him Lian'
Ian Huntley
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Ian Huntley 'tells inmates to call him Lian'

Soham murderer reportedly signing pictures with 'feminised version of his name'
15 Feb 2017
Prisons in need of 'profound' shift to prevent suicides
Prison
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Prisons in need of 'profound' shift to prevent suicides

Howard League calls for reform after 119 prisoners in England and Wales took their lives last year
13 Feb 2017
Prison suicides at record levels in England and Wales
Prison
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Prison suicides at record levels in England and Wales

Ministry of Justice report shows rise in number of prisoners killing themselves, with assaults and self-harm also up
26 Jan 2017
Prison numbers should be halved, senior politicians say
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Prison numbers should be halved, senior politicians say

Nick Clegg, Ken Clarke and Jacqui Smith join forces to demand UK jail system is reformed
22 Dec 2016
How did Pentonville fugitives escape?
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How did Pentonville fugitives escape?

Jailbreak of two dangerous prisoners triggers warning from prison governors that worse is to come
8 Nov 2016
Investigation launched into Bedford prison 'riot'
Prison
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Investigation launched into Bedford prison 'riot'

Reports say 200 inmates were involved in six-hour disturbance at Category B jail
7 Nov 2016
Extra 2,500 prison officers to be recruited
A guard stands behind a locked gate at Pentonville prison
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Extra 2,500 prison officers to be recruited

Justice Secretary Liz Truss takes action as assaults on staff jump 43 per cent in a year
3 Nov 2016
David Cameron to introduce prison 'league tables'
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David Cameron to introduce prison 'league tables'

Prime Minister calls for inmates to be seen as 'assets' in bid to reduce re-offending
8 Feb 2016
Brazilian prisons in crisis: inmate numbers grow by a third
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Brazilian prisons in crisis: inmate numbers grow by a third

Humanitarian watchdog exposes multiple violations including inmates being deployed as guards.
22 Oct 2015
Home Secretary orders inquiry into police custody deaths
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Home Secretary orders inquiry into police custody deaths

Charities say it is 'too early to tell' if the review is a PR exercise or a genuine attempt to change the system
23 Jul 2015
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