Legal aid cuts delaying rehabilitation in prison, court will hear

Cuts are further obstacle to getting ready for release, say penal charities

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Barrier: cuts are further obstacle to securing release, say penal reform groups. Photograph: x1klima

A case arguing that cuts to legal aid for prisoners are unfair and unlawful will be heard before the Court of Appeal today.

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Prisons in parliament

“We must ask whether prison is the right place for some of those who offend”

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WTF by a prisoner called Peter at HMP Dovegate. Source: Prison Watch UK

Prisons in the press brings you the best articles from the past week to keep you up-to-date on prison news.

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MoJ’s Youth Justice Statistics show mixed results for 2016

Youth prison population falls 66 percent in 10 years but self-harm and assault is up, says report

 

The number of 10-17 year-olds in prison has fallen 66 percent between 2006 and 2016 and the number of first time entrants to the Youth Justice System has fallen by 83 percent in the same period, says the government’s latest Youth Justice Statistics report, published today.

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Prisons in Parliament

Spending on therapy for prison staff ten times higher than in 2014

Therapy for prison staff on the rise. Image: Bgrimmni

Spending on therapy for prison staff has increased ten fold since 2014, an answer to a parliamentary question revealed last week. In 2014 the National Offender Management Service spent £22,131 on psychological therapies for work related trauma, this rose to £199,690 in 2016.


Prisons in the press – 20 January

Smuggled phones and cigarette bans behind bars

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Inmate caught with five mobile phones. Image: Jeff Gitchel

Prisons in the press brings you the best articles from the past week to keep you up-to-date on prison news.

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Immigration Detention Dispatch – 18 January 2017

Third immigration detention death in six weeks as report finds mental health services “patchy”

Catch up on the fortnight’s immigration detention news and parliamentary debate

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Prisons in Parliament

Something going badly wrong: one in three Westminster homeless been through the prison system

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Homeless. Image, Dionisio Leitao

Prisons in Parliament brings you up-to-date on the last week of politics and prisons. What’s been said? And by whom? Get it all here.

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