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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…
One in three prisoners said they had taken drugs formerly known as "legal highs" in the last month, a poll found. Of 625 respondents, 33% of inmates reported having used Spice - a synthetic substance which mimics the effects of cannabis - in recent weeks. This means it is now…
Children in care are six times more likely to be cautioned or convicted of a crime than other young people, new research has found. A review by Lord Laming for the Prison Reform Trust also found that half the children serving time in youth custody came from foster or residential…
The Ministry of Justice is to take over the running of a scandal-hit youth prison, according to reports. Medway Secure Training Centre in Rochester, Kent, was at the centre of claims that staff assaulted children. The Government will start operating the facility - currently run by G4S - through the…
Researchers from the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University have been awarded funding by the Welsh government to evaluate their essential skills training for offenders serving sentences in the community. The researchers will undertake the evaluation of Education Training and Employment (ETE); one of the seven pathways to reducing…
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