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Council leaders are calling for urgent action to ensure children and teenagers held in youth custody are safe. The Local Government Association wants the Government to publish a clear action plan to improve conditions in young offender institutions and secure training centres. Earlier this year the prisons watchdog described the…
Probation officers and staff in Northern Ireland have been warned by police they are under an increased threat from dissident republican terrorists. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) contacted the Probation Board to advise that the threat level against some members has been raised, particularly in republican areas. Board…
The Lammy Review, chaired by David Lammy MP, is an independent review of the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals in the Criminal Justice System (CJS). Over the last 18 months the Lammy Review has conducted extensive research across each aspect of the criminal…
Teenagers with severe antisocial behaviour have difficulty recognising facial expressions and are less likely to look at people's eyes, a study has found. Researchers used eye-tracking methods to investigate why teenagers with conduct disorder have difficulty in recognising different emotions in others. Symptoms of the disorder, which is thought to…
Ministers have been urged to put in place a comprehensive race strategy following the publication of the Lammy review. David Isaac, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: "Everybody should have full trust in our criminal justice system and the Lammy Review is a major contribution to understanding…
A female prison officer who had an inappropriate relationship with an inmate at a youth offenders unit has been jailed. Chelsea Blackwell, 27, exchanged more than 850 messages with the 21-year-old man between July 12 and August 6 last year. Around 115 calls, some lasting more than two hours, were…
Prisons in England and Wales are in crisis after "perverse" Government reform and a "toxic mix" of pressures, the head of the body representing governors has warned. Andrea Albutt, president of the Prison Governors Association (PGA), launched a blistering attack on the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), saying its members had…
Dozens of prisoners have been released by mistake as violence in jails surged to a new high, official figures reveal. Seventy-one convicted criminals or suspects were erroneously freed in 2016/17 - a rise of seven on the previous year and the highest number since current records started a decade ago.…
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