Grayling orders absconders to be named

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said there will be “no nonsense” over the naming of on-the-run criminals whose identities had been kept secret by Government officials. Thirteen out of 18 missing convicts, whose identities had been withheld because Government officials believed it would be “unfair” to publish them, have now been named. Mr Grayling stated that […]

Legal Challenge – but is there really a ban on prisoners having books?

The government’s so-called ban on prisoners receiving books is facing a legal challenge, with one prisons expert asserting there is no ban on books at all. The Ministry of Justice and secretary of state Chris Grayling have been criticised over the Earned Privileges Scheme, which sees prisoners banned from receiving books and other items in […]

Prisoner Vote Decision Delayed Again

A decision over whether prisoners should be given the vote could delayed until after the next general election, the Justice Secretary has indicated. Chris Grayling said complex recommendations made by a cross-party committee about how to deal with the controversial issue had caused delays, and refused to rule out kicking the issue into the next […]

On The Run Offenders Face Extra Time

Criminals who go on the run to avoid being sent back behind bars could face an extra two years in prison under new measures announced by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. The new measure is aimed at punishing criminals who have been released from prison but abscond to avoid being recalled for breaching their licence conditions. […]

Prison Disturbances: tip of an iceberg?

Government cuts to prisons sparked a disturbance involving around 40 inmates at a jail in Kent, the Prison Officers’ Association have warned – while another prisons expert said it was the tip of an iceberg. Police and fire crews had to be deployed to Maidstone Prison when the trouble erupted in one of the wings. […]

Grayling In Prison Privileges Crackdown

All convicted male prisoners are to be banned from watching violent and sexually explicit films as part of a crackdown on “perks” that comes into effect today. Inmates will also be required to wear a uniform for their first two weeks behind bars, and will lose automatic access to daytime television and gym equipment. The […]

Prisoners Replace Probation Officers Claims Labour

The Coalition is sacking probation officers and paying former prisoners to take their place, Labour claimed today. Shadow justice minister Andy Slaughter questioned the costs and merits of the Government’s new prisoner rehabilitation plans. Outlining the proposals in the Commons, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said the new policy would mean lower reoffending rates by ensuring […]