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A "vulnerable" 18-year-old man who killed himself in a prison cell could have been saved if staff had promptly responded to an emergency alarm, a report has found. Lithuanian national Osvaldas Pagirys died in hospital on November 14 2016, three days after he was found hanged at HMP Wandsworth, south-west…
Probation services responsible for supervising thousands of offenders are failing to meet them often enough, a report has warned. Enforcement of non-custodial sentences by private community rehabilitation companies (CRCs) was found to be "poor" by inspectors. They found cases where assessments had been carried out even though the officer had…
A 16-year-old girl who stabbed a school welfare officer, leaving her seriously injured, has been given a seven-year custodial sentence by a judge who said she would probably have killed her victim if she had not been restrained. Elisha Burkill attacked inclusion support officer Joy Simon, 61, in an office…
A new electronic monitoring scheme for supervising offenders has been condemned by MPs as a "catastrophic" waste of taxpayers' money. In a scathing critique, the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said at least £9 million has been squandered on a project which has so far failed to deliver the intended…
Violence and self-harm have increased at a youth jail, a watchdog report has warned. It found one in four boys felt unsafe at Cookham Wood young offender institution (YOI) near Rochester in Kent. Some serious incidents of violence at the facility (pictured) went without punishment due to the amount of…
The way some teenage detention centre inmates were treated in the 1970s and 1980s could be officially classed as torture, a leading child abuse lawyer has said. David Greenwood, who has acted for victims of the Rotherham abuse scandal, is calling for a public inquiry into what went on behind…
Ministers have been urged to go back to the drawing board after a damning report on the Government's shake-up of the probation service. The Tory administration faced a barrage of criticism from peers over the "devastating" findings of a watchdog into the system for managing offenders in England and Wales.…
Thousands of offenders living in the community are managed by a brief phone call every few weeks, a watchdog report has revealed. In some cases convicts are only met once before being placed on "remote supervision" by private probation providers. This can involve speaking on the phone to an officer…
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