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Why The Parole Board and Secrecy have no right to be Bedfellows

By Mark Leech. Today The Times reports that Members of parole panels who decide to release prisoners should not be identified because of fears for their safety, the Parole Board has recommended to the government. The Board has also opposed allowing the public into parole hearings and the release of details of the decision in […]

IMB Reform: National Council to be Scrapped and Replaced by a Chair and Management Board

The Secretary of State for Justice, Liz Truss, has approved plans to overhaul the national governance structure for Independent Monitoring Boards (IMBs). In July 2014 the Ministry of Justice received an independent report it had commissioned by Karen Page Associates (KPA) (read the report) which looked at the current national IMB system of monitoring in […]

Prison Governors may be given greater flexibility in education focus

Prison governors could be given greater flexibility under plans being considered by Michael Gove to relax the grip of Whitehall on the penal system. The Justice Secretary wants a greater focus on education in prisons and more businesses working with inmates to help reduce the risk of reoffending when offenders are released. Mr Gove said […]

Four plead to Hatton Garden raid

Four men have admitted their role in plotting the Hatton Garden Easter raid which saw valuables worth more than £10 million stolen. They are John Collins, 74, of Blestoe Walk, Islington, north London; Daniel Jones, 58, of Park Avenue, Enfield, north London; Terry Perkins, 67, of Heene Road, Enfield, north London; and Brian Reader, 76, of […]

Belmarsh prison officer was a “paid mole”

The Prisons Handbook 2015 – out now  /  Home Page  /  Converse Prison Newspaper   A Kent-based officer at a top-security prison became the “paid mole” of a reporter working at the Daily Mirror and News of the World over the course of five years, a court heard. Robert Norman, 54, is on trial at the […]

Answer on Terrorist Prisoners Demanded

Ministers must urgently reveal how many prisoners convicted of terror offences have been released from jail on licence so Britain can assess the risk it faces in the wake of the Paris attacks, the Commons has heard. Tory MP Philip Davies (Shipley) said it was “absolutely essential” for the Government to divulge the information in […]

Cop admits Gerrard CCTV Charge

A policewoman from Kent has admitted misconduct in a public office in obtaining CCTV footage of an alleged disturbance near to the home of Liverpool footballer Steven Gerrard. Helen Jones, 31, is said to have acted for “criminal or illegal purposes” on the behalf of others, Preston Crown Court heard. It has previously been reported […]

Jail suicides up by 64%

The number of suicides in jails in England and Wales increased by a “troubling” 64% last year, the prisons complaints watchdog has said. As he published his annual report, Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen said the increase reflected the level of mental-ill health in prisons and “a rising toll of despair” among some prisoners. […]

Hang on Chris Grayling.. you did it!

Chris Grayling is going to make big changes to the system of lifer release on licence – but hang on wasn’t it Chris Grayling (in Prison Service Instruction 21/2012 – page2) who changed the ROTL rules allowing Pickering to be temporarily released anyway….. http://tinyurl.com/lnqleqv You are unauthorized to view this page.