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

Offenders Rehabilitation

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

Met Orders Review After Convictions Quashed

Smear, Frame, Mislead: British Army In Ireland

G4S Admits Failures in the Running HMP Birmingham Were Breach of Article 2

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

Chris Kaba: Family Call for Action Six Months On From Police Shooting

Institute of Race Relations - Calendar of Racism and Resistance (14 – 28 February 2023)

Kenyan Man Sentenced to Death Freed on Bail Pending Appeal Judgment

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 ( 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.