HMYOI Wetherby Keppel Unit – High standards of care in well run facility

The Keppel Unit at HMYOI Wetherby was extremely well run and provided a model for other specialist units for young people, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the special unit at the young offender institution in West Yorkshire. HMYOI Wetherby’s Keppel Unit, which opened […]

HMP Holme House – real strengths but concerns remain

HMP Holme House had made some solid improvements but needed to go further, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing the report of an unannounced inspection of the local jail near Stockton-on-Tees. Holme House is a large prison holding around 1,150 prisoners. Its last inspection in 2010 was broadly positive although the prison faced […]

Offenders with learning disabilities being ignored say inspectors

The needs of many people with learning disabilities are going unnoticed when they are arrested by police, go to court and are sentenced, according to independent inspectors. They have published the report of a joint inspection into people with learning disabilities within the criminal justice system which said their needs should be recognised and addressed. […]

HMP Norwich: Improvements but more to do

HMP Norwich had improved in some important areas but much remained to do, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing the report of the local Norfolk jail. HMP Norwich is an overcrowded local prison holding a complex mix of remand and sentenced prisoners and young adults. The prison was split across three distinct sites […]

HMP Grendon was an important national resource working with some very serious offenders, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the training jail and therapeutic community in Buckinghamshire. HMP Grendon is based on the concept that democratic therapeutic communities, run by both staff and prisoners, […]

Court Due To Rule on Stop & Search

The Court of Appeal is to rule today on a challenge over the legality of random stop-and-search powers aimed at tackling street violence. The Metropolitan Police have been accused of breaching human rights laws by using the controversial powers against a disproportionately high number of black Londoners. Ann Juliette Roberts, 39, of Upper Edmonton, north […]

Cop In Court

A police officer will appear in court today charged with misconduct in public office. Intelligence officer Detective Constable Simon Abell is alleged to have sent sexually explicit text messages and carried out sexually inappropriate behaviour against a woman between November 2011 and August 2012, Nottinghamshire Police said. The force confirmed the 41-year-old, who was based […]

Holloway Prison Officer Jailed

A prison officer has been jailed after she enjoyed a secret lesbian romance with an inmate serving life for murder in a Holloway Prison. Sophia King-Chinnery, 25, embarked on a relationship with Sarah Anderson after she was locked up at the notorious jail in Parkhurst Road for a minimum of 15 years for stabbing a […]

Jail Sex Abuse Claims Now Over 140

A police investigation into a young offenders’ centre in County Durham has now heard claims from more than 140 people that they were abused between the late 1960s and the mid-1980s. Detectives announced in August they were starting a new investigation into allegations young men sent to Medomsley Detention Centre, near Consett, were abused by […]

‘Tornado’ Prison Officers Allege Oakwood Riot Cover-up

Britain’s biggest privately-run jail downplayed a ‘full scale riot’ which saw inmates take over an entire wing and booby-trap the doorways, a prison officer has claimed – causing one commentator to say that if true G4S should lose all their prison contracts. Prisoners were in a nine-hour stand-off with guards earlier this month at the […]

Converse – Latest Edition published

GET YOUR COPY HERE! Some of what is in the latest edition – 32 pages, delivering up to 60,000 copies into over a 120 prisons every month – THAT is Converse! OAKWOOD INCIDENT RESOLVED AMID COVER UP CLAIMS * ‘MURDERED’ PRISONER NAMED * SWAIN AND CO – FAIRNESS NOW THE MAJOR FACTOR IN ORAL DECISIONS […]


Police and MI5 will put “tailored plans” in place to manage the risks posed by terror suspects when existing supervision measures expire later this month, the Home Office has insisted The orders have a two-year time limit and the Daily Telegraph reported that restrictions are due to be lifted on seven suspects, who would be […]