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Detectives investigating hundreds of allegations of sexual and physical abuse at a young offenders' centre have identified 32 suspects who may be charged. Since August 2013, Durham Police have run Operation Seabrook into claims from 1,396 ex-inmates of Medomsley Detention Centre, near Consett. The force has put forward cases to…
Suicides, assaults and self-harm in prisons have all reached new record levels, new figures reveal. There were 354 deaths behind bars in England and Wales last year, including 119 which were apparently self-inflicted. Self-harm incidents jumped by 23% to 37,784, while there were 25,049 assaults in the 12 months to…
Mob attacks and serious assaults on staff were among the incidents at a youth jail with high levels of violence, watchdogs found. There were 127 violent incidents recorded at HM Youth Offender Institution Cookham Wood in the six months before an inspection. A report from HM Inspectorate of Prisons said:…
The public has been left at greater risk of harm because of the poor performance of a privately-owned probation company responsible for supervising thousands of criminals in the community, watchdogs have warned. Some offenders were not seen for weeks or months and some were lost in the system altogether, according…
Staff shortages at a privately-run youth jail are undermining its stability, watchdogs have warned. Inspectors criticised "poor and problematic" arrangements when the management of Rainsbrook secure training centre transferred earlier this year. A report published by Ofsted concluded that the facility near Rugby in Warwickshire requires improvement for overall effectiveness.…
Police used Tasers when dealing with children at least 538 times last year and fired them on 43 of those occasions, according to a new report. The total number includes occasions when officers drew their Taser, aimed it at a child, or fired it. More than a quarter of the…
An internal Ministry of Justice (MoJ) assessment of restraint used against children and teenagers in young offenders institutions and secure training centres found that some techniques could kill or leave them disabled, it has been reported. The risk assessment, seen by the Guardian, showed that certain restraint techniques for use…
Edge Hill University lecturer, Sean Creaney, has helped unveil a new plan to give young offenders a voice in their punishment. Sean, a lecturer in Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour, advised the Youth Justice Board on their new Participation Strategy launched at their annual convention yesterday earlier this week. The…
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