Media March 2023
HMP Whitemoor: Dirtiest Jail Ever Seen by a Prison Inspector
BBC File on Four Expose Shortcomings of Police Complaints System
Police Watchdog Refers Chris Kaba Shooting Officer to CPS
Prison Reform Trust (PRT) Comment: Victims and Prisoners Bill
Information Commissioner to Prioritise FOI Complaints With “Significant Public Interest”
Prisoners' Release: Temporary Accommodation
Error of Law 15 Convictions Quashed - CPS Offer Not to Retrial Accepted
Online Petition: Justice for the #Birmingham4
British Prisons: Broken System Or Perfect Business Model?
Pregnant Women in English Jails Seven Times More Likely to Suffer Stillbirth
Black Children Six Times More Likely to be Strip-Searched Than White Peers
Liam Holden: Court Rules Army Torture Forced Murder Confession
‘Lodged in Skulls’: The Army’s Deadly Plastic Bullets Scandal
Child Poverty Rises by 350,000 to 4.2 Million
Child Trafficking Victim’s Convictions Overturned Following CCRC Referral
Understanding Recalls – Time to Shift the Focus
EDM 987: Prison Education
Wales: Women’s Experiences in the Criminal Justice System
Prisoner’s Punishment Corrected Following Extradition and Sentencing Errors
HMP Birmingham: Serious and Multiple Failures Probably Caused Prisoner’s Suicide
Race-Conscious Legal System Vital to Eradicating Institutionalised Racism
UK Charter Deportations Mostly so Called FNO’s: A Balance Sheet?
Parole – the Bailey Judgement – a Key Change Ruled Unlawful
Deadly Digital Dehumanization Rise of the Machines and the Fall of Human Control
British Mercenary who Commanded an SAS Regiment £4m Fortune Revealed
Portrayal of ‘She-Devils’ Miscarriages of Justice - Women
Criminal Record Checks/Disclosure
Brazil Violent Protests on the Streets Against Prison Conditions
8 Children 8 Adults Killed - Army/Police Accused of Cover up Over Use of Plastic Bullets
3 Men Falsely Accused of Raping Eleanor Williams Tried to Kill Themselves
1,500 UK Police Officers Accused of Violence Against Women in Six Months
Why the 12 Months Delay: Repeal of ‘Same Sex’ Convictions
HMP Aylesbury ‘Thrown Into Chaos’ by MoJ Policy Change
Over 91 Million Pounds Compensation Paid to ‘Miscarriage of Justice” Victims
Allan Marshall: Corporate Homicide Investigation Against Scottish Prison Service
Victor Nealon & Sam Hallam to Grand Chamber ECtHR
1) Britannia Enchained: Policing Migration & Britishness
2) Britannia Enchained: Policing Racialised Communities
3) Britannia Enchained: Policing Protest, Education and Speech
4) Britannia Enchained: Policing Workers and Human Rights
Sanction for Judge Who 'Displayed Subconscious Bias'
A Call to Fix Our Broken Justice System
Mueen-Uddin v Secretary of State for the Home Department
Your Opinion Wanted- Austerity Hit CPS Can’t Cope and People Aren’t Getting Justice
Criminal Record Checks/Disclosure
As a society, we must strike a balance between the appropriate highlighting to the public of those who may possess criminal backgrounds and the ability of individuals who have paid their debt to society to rehabilitate back into civil life. Recognise that possessing a criminal record carries much stigma that can hinder individuals' ability to move on from their previous crimes and become productive members of society.
Through the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022, the Government brought forward several measures to update the criminal record framework and reduce the burden placed on past offenders. Through this Act, a rehabilitation period was introduced for some sentences of over four years, meaning that for non-sensitive jobs or activities, offenders would not need to disclose their conviction to their employers. In addition to this, those serving community order and sentences under four years would no longer have to reveal this to most employers. These measures aim to boost employment prospects and create a better path from offending and back into meaningful work.
Prisoners: Employment and Pay
Steve Reed MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners were (i) working in (A) voluntary and (B) paid work placements on release on temporary licence and (ii) paid enhanced wages under the Prisoners Earnings Act 1996 in public sector prisons in the latest period for which data is available.
Damian Hinds MP: Data on release on temporary licence (ROTL) is published quarterly: Offender management statistics quarterly: July to September 2022 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). The following table shows the number of prisoners who had at least one release on temporary licence (ROTL) to a paid work placement from public prisons in England and Wales between 1 July and 30 September 2022 (latest period available): Paid work Male 1,938 Female 195
Those in paid work placements on ROTL and in receipt of net weekly wages of £20 per week are treated as being in “enhanced wages work” and therefore liable to pay a levy of up to 40% of their earnings, after tax and any court fines or compensation, which helps fund the work of the charity Victim Support. It is not possible, except at disproportionate cost, reliably to determine how many of those in paid work during this period met these criteria, although it is very likely to have been most if not all of them because prisoners in paid work are typically paid at the same rate as employees from the community in the same role for that job.