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Inmates at Polmont Young Offenders Institution spend extended periods in their cells due to the "fear of interpersonal violence", an inspection has found. Despite an improvement in the relationship between prisoners and staff, interaction between inmates is limited by fears of violence and the use of "keep separate lists", Chief…
Soaring numbers of prisoners are being returned to custody after being released, creating a "revolving door" system which needs to be overhauled, a campaign group has claimed. Offenders who are freed to carry on serving their sentence under supervision in the community can be recalled if they fail to comply…
A controversial youth prison has been rated as inadequate by watchdogs as it emerged inmates were able to access pornography. Ofsted delivered a critical assessment of Medway Secure Training Centre in Rochester, Kent, saying the stability of the facility "has been sorely undermined by a combination of significant factors". Police…
Staff at Newcastle Youth Offending Team were doing some good work to turn children away from crime, but senior leaders needed to work better together to drive performance, said Dame Glenys Stacey, Chief Inspector of Probation as she published her report of the work of Newcastle Youth Offending Team (YOT).…
The number of offenders electronically tagged after being convicted of domestic abuse has soared over the last five years, according to new figures. Statistics revealed in a Scottish Parliament written answer show there were 44 people sentenced to a restriction of liberty order for domestic abuse in 2010-11, rising to…
Too many prisons have become "unacceptably violent and dangerous places", a watchdog has warned. Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke said the "grim situation" his predecessor described around a year ago has not improved, and in some key areas it has "become even worse". In his first annual report since…
Findings and recommendations released in a new report by University of Stirling criminologists, Professor Gill McIvor and Dr Hannah Graham, indicate support among criminal justice practitioners for key changes to the use of electronic monitoring tagging in Scotland. Their study sought the views of criminal justice social workers, Scottish Prison…
The number of children in custody who are restrained has more than doubled in the last five years, according to research. A report by the Howard League for Penal Reform on the use of restraint, solitary confinement and strip-searching in child units in England and Wales describes the practice as…
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