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ALMOST A THOUSAND JAILED DURING THE RIOTS

Almost 1,000 people have been jailed for an average of more than a year following last summer’s riots. Some 2,710 people had appeared before the courts by the start of last month following the looting and violence which spread across English cities last August, the Ministry of Justice said. A total of 945 of the […]

MAN ADMITS RIOT FIRE

A man today admitted starting a massive fire which destroyed a family-run furniture shop during the riots last year. Gordon Thompson, 33, pleaded guilty to arson, being reckless as to whether life was endangered, at House of Reeves in Croydon, south London in August last year. The shop had stood at the site since 1867, […]

CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND RECEIVE HELP

Children who are left behind when a parent is sent to prison are to be supported by a new campaign. The Left Behind project highlights the needs of 160,000 children whose parents are imprisoned every year, and has received support from Lord Justice Goldring, the senior presiding judge for England and Wales. It provides guidance […]

SERIAL KILLER OF GAY MEN DIES IN JAIL

A killer who was told he would never be released from jail after being convicted of torturing gay men to death almost 20 years ago has died in jail. Colin Ireland, 57, is presumed to have died from natural causes in the healthcare centre of Wakefield Prison in West Yorkshire this morning, a Prison Service […]

FATHER CALLS FOR “CLARE’S LAW” – BUT IS IT FAIR?

The father of a murder victim has handed in a petition at Number 10 demanding a change in the law to help protect women from domestic abuse – but Converse, the national prisoners newspaper commented that it was too one-sided. Michael Brown, from Batley, West Yorkshire travelled to Downing Street as part of a campaign […]

JIHAD FROM JAIL

Britain’s most dangerous Islamic terrorists are exploiting a security loophole to spread their message of hate from behind bars Not only have they been able to radicalise fellow inmates, they have also appealed to a new generation of supporters around the world. Dozens of unrepentant extremists have been exposed as glorying in their fanaticism and […]

TWO YOUTH DEATHS IN CUSTODY IN LESS THAN A WEEK

Jake Hardy (17 years old) was found at HMYOI Hindley in Wigan Friday 20th January and was taken to hospital. He died on Tuesday 24th January 2012. The Prison Service has said he had been identified as being at risk of suicide or self-harm.   Alex Kelly (15 years old) was taken to hospital from HMP […]

KNOX HAS EVERY RIGHT TO EARN MONEY FROM HER JAIL EXPERIENCES

Amanda Knox, the American cleared on appeal of the murder of Leeds University student Meredith Kercher in Italy, has signed a book deal to “share the truth about her terrifying ordeal” – and she every right to do says Mark Leech, Editor of the national prisoners’ newspaper Converse Publishing giant HarperCollins has acquired world rights to a […]

EDITORIAL: HAVE OUR DRUGS POLICIES GONE TO POT?

Recent Home Office research reveals that well over half of all recorded crime is drugs related and that a small number of people on drugs can be responsible for a massive amount of crime. 664 addicts surveyed over a three month period were found to be responsible for over 70,000 offences. So what should we […]

OVER A HUNDRED SEX OFFENDERS ‘MISSING’

Sexual abuse victims’ groups have said it is “vitally important” police inform the public if sex offenders escape their watch, after it emerged the country’s largest force has lost track of more than 100 registered criminals. The Metropolitan Police admitted 123 sex offenders they are meant to be monitoring have failed to keep them informed […]

“DISASTER” AS FORMER CHIEF PRISONS INSPECTOR BECOMES HEAD OF IPCC

A former chief inspector of prisons has been appointed as the new chairwoman of the independent police watchdog, the Home Secretary said today – but it has been described as ‘a disaster’ by the editor of the national prisoners’ newspaper Converse. Dame Anne Owers, who was chief inspector of prisons from 2001 to 2010, is […]

DIZAEI – ELIGIBLE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jailed Metropolitan Police Commander Ali Dizaei is eligible to apply for almost immediate release on Home Detention Curfew (HDC), according to Converse, the national prisoners newspaper for England and Wales. HDC allows anyone serving less than four years, for offences which do not involve drugs, sex, violence or terrorism, to be released extra-early with an […]