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Prisoners falsely categorised as prison system fights Clarke

Prisoners falsely categorised as prison system fights Clarke

Following Ken Clarke’s announcement that he intends to cut the prison population, governors, probation officers and others appear to be falsely assessing prison risk levels of those in custody amid fears of job losses and prison closures. The result of this war with government ministers responsible for the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) is that many…

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Weak Cameron forces punishment change to IPP reforms

Weak Cameron forces punishment change to IPP reforms

Ken Clarke’s brave attempt to bring common sense into the sentencing system in England and Wales is being sabotaged by sleazy prime minister David Cameron who is afraid of appearing to be ‘soft on crime’. It was revealed in a House of Lords debate last week that Cameron, ever fearful of criticism from the tabloids,…

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Prisons Week is a lost opportunity for change

Prisons Week is a lost opportunity for change

This week is ‘Prisons Week’ and although you may never have heard of it, it is a regular annual event that seeks to draw attention to those who work in the prison system as well as prisoners themselves. However, it does not draw attention to the failures within the system. That, in the view of…

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Confusion over IPP sentences after Clarke’s latest announcement

Confusion over IPP sentences after Clarke’s latest announcement

As predicted over a year ago by TheOpinionSite.org, the Secretary of State for Justice, Kenneth Clarke has confirmed the government’s intention to scrap the now notorious Indeterminate Sentence for Public Protection (IPP). However, after his most recent interview this morning on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, there is considerable confusion as to what will…

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Prisoners Earnings Act is a lie and will affect only a few prisoners

Prisoners Earnings Act is a lie and will affect only a few prisoners

The government was up to its usual deception yesterday when it announced that the Prisoners Earnings Act, first passed in 1996, was now in force. The act allows the government to make deductions from earnings of prisoners who receive over £20 a week; the money deducted will, according to the government, be paid to victim…

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Further delay of 18 months over prisoners votes

Further delay of 18 months over prisoners votes

The European Court of Human Rights has effectively given the government up to 18 months to implement the court’s ruling that changes must be made to allow some UK prisoners to have the vote. The issue has been divisive amongst politicians and the previous Blair administration, along with the current government refused to address the…

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Milly Dowler case must not be allowed to weaken defence options

Milly Dowler case must not be allowed to weaken defence options

The conviction of Levi Bellfield for the murder of Milly Dowler was a gift to the media and a threat to the stability of the principal that any defendant in a criminal case has the right to the best and most forceful defence of possible. TheOpinionSite.org believes that no one, politicians or anyone else for…

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Convicted police officers – arrogant and above the law but still employed

Convicted police officers – arrogant and above the law but still employed

Dozens of police officers are being allowed to keep their jobs despite being convicted of very serious offences. Officers convicted for possession of Class A drugs, being caught drunk behind the wheel of a car and for leaking information held on the Police National Computer were all subject to disciplinary enquiries after being convicted and…

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Ken Clarke assailed by innacurate tabloid mentality

Ken Clarke assailed by innacurate tabloid mentality

The Secretary of State for Justice, Ken Clarke was buried today under accusations that he was going ‘soft’ on rapists. Unfortunately, most of the people who were trying to make a case against his reforms got most things wrong and sounded as if they were writing an editorial for the Sun newspaper. Everyone from individuals,…

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Prison officers threaten strike action – again!

Prison officers threaten strike action – again!

It seems only yesterday that TheOpinionSite.org reported that the police have been complaining about their pay cuts. Now it seems that prison officers are jumping on the same bandwagon, albeit they are doing it in a slightly different and rather unconvincing way. Tony Blair’s government decided early on in their administration that they would try…

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