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Probation service: Offender supervision to be renationalised - BBC News
The supervision of all offenders on probation in England and Wales is being put back in the public sector after a series of failings with the part-privatisation of the system.

It reverses changes made in 2014 by then Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. The National Audit Office said problems with the part-privatisation had cost taxpayers nearly £500m.
UK  Privatisation  Prison  Probation  recidivism  re-offending  CON-servatives  nasty  party  Conservative  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  Council  Austerity  failure  Chris  Grayling 
may 2019 by asterisk2a
Rory Stewart's promotion to DfID is bad news for Britain's prisons | Michael Segalov | Opinion | The Guardian
The picture from British prisons is bleak. In the 12 months to March 2019, there were 317 deaths in prison custody. Reported self-harm incidents reached a record high of 55,598 in 2018, a 25% increase from the previous year. The number of assaults reached a record high of 34,223 in 2018 too, a increase from 2017. The fact that levels of assault dropped slightly in the final quarter of 2018 seems little cause for celebration – the same thing happened a year previously, then they increased significantly once again.
UK  Prison  Austerity 
may 2019 by asterisk2a
Interserve: UK outsourcing giant loses rescue vote - BBC News
Outsourcing giant Interserve has failed to persuade shareholders to approve a rescue plan for the company.

Interserve is expected to go into administration later today, although its contracts are likely to continue as normal and no job cuts are expected.
Carillion  Interserve  Austerity  UK  Privatisation  outsourcing  Council  NHS  G4s  Prison 
march 2019 by asterisk2a
Knife crime: Theresa May 'not listening' says ex-police chief - BBC News
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's World at One, Lord Stevens - who was commissioner of the Met between 2000 and 2005 - criticised Mrs May's handling of crime and policing as PM and when she was home secretary.

He said the Home Office had not been listening for the past five or six years.

"All you got from the Home Office, and in particular the home secretary at the time, now the prime minister, was 'our reforms are working'.
UK  knife  crime  Theresa  May  HomeOffice  Austerity  Police  Prison  Council  youth  services 
march 2019 by asterisk2a
No link between knife crime and police cuts, says Theresa May | UK news | The Guardian
Met police say they cannot ‘magic officers out of thin air’ to deal with rise in stabbings
Austerity  crime  Police  Prison  Theresa  May  CON-servatives  Conservative  Party  nasty  knife 
march 2019 by asterisk2a
Grayling under fire as serious crimes committed on parole soar by 50% | Society | The Guardian
Ex-justice minister’s probation reforms have led to huge rise in serious offences, data shows &! https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jan/12/jail-terms-of-six-months-or-less-could-be-scrapped-prisons-minister-suggests - Jail terms of six months or less could be scrapped, prisons minister suggests Rory Stewart says move could ease pressure on prison population that has more than doubled since 1990s
UK  Police  Prison  Probation  recidivism  Privatisation  Austerity  Council  crime 
january 2019 by asterisk2a
Revealed: legal aid cuts forcing parents to give up fight for children | Law | The Guardian
Ex-minister says cuts went too far, as Guardian investigation shows wide-ranging impact [...] “draconian”. Protracted austerity since 2012 has reduced funding by about £950m a year in real terms, causing an alarming rise in the number of people forced to represent themselves. [...] Prevented hundreds of thousands of people from pursuing justice in other areas such as housing, debt, employment, clinical negligence, immigration, welfare payments and education. [...] “What saved the courts from chaos is that [the government also] cut police funding. If you restored funding to the police and they caught and prosecuted more [suspects], the courts would be in desperate trouble.” &! https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/dec/26/how-legal-aid-cuts-filled-family-courts-with-bewildered-litigants &! https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/dec/26/strain-of-legal-aid-cuts-showing-in-family-housing-and-immigration-law &! https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/dec/26/legal-aid-how-has-it-changed-in-70-years &! https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/dec/27/its-completely-wrong-falsely-accused-tory-mp-attacks-legal-aid-cuts &! https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/dec/27/secret-barrister-legal-aid-the-rule-law-cuts
UK  Austerity  injustice  inequality  LegalAid  legal  aid  poverty  Police  prison  Probation  Privatisation  postcode  lottery 
december 2018 by asterisk2a
Government admits role in Birmingham prison failure | Society | The Guardian
Roger Swindells, from the prison’s independent monitoring board, wrote to the MoJ about the poor state of HMP Birmingham earlier in the summer, saying both the MoJ controllers and G4S were responsible.
UK  Austerity  Prison 
august 2018 by asterisk2a
Prisons minister: I'll quit if assaults do not fall in problem jails | Society | The Guardian
The prisons minister, Rory Stewart, has said he will resign if the number of assaults does not fall in 10 jails that are to be subjected to a fresh crackdown on drugs and violence.

Stewart, who has been prisons minister since January, announced a £10m package of measures designed to lift standards at the 10 jails, which have “acute” problems.
UK  Austerity  Police  Justice  NHS  Council  Prison 
august 2018 by asterisk2a
Prisons squalid and dangerous due to staff cuts, report says | Society | The Guardian
Chief inspector in England and Wales says conditions have ‘no place in an advanced nation’
UK  Austerity  Prison  Crime  Theresa  May  recidivism  rehabilitation 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
UK plan for female prisoners 'underfunded by £15m' | Society | The Guardian
The government’s advisers on dealing with female offenders have written a joint letter to the justice secretary branding a new strategy for women in prison a missed opportunity that is underfunded by at least £15m.
UK  Austerity  Privatisation  Prison 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Carillion displayed utter contempt for suppliers – Frank Field | Business | The Guardian
Carillion displayed utter contempt for suppliers – Frank Field
Failed government contractor used suppliers to ‘prop up a failing business model’ and conceal true debt, say MPs
Carillion  UK  Privatisation  outsourcing  governance  Tories  nasty  party  Austerity  accounting  Conservative  Council  NHS  Prison 
may 2018 by asterisk2a
Liverpool Prison workers fired for raising safety fears - BBC News
Two maintenance workers were sacked for raising concerns about health and safety at troubled Liverpool Prison, the BBC has learned.
UK  Austerity  Prison 
march 2018 by asterisk2a
Exclusive: shock figures reveal state of UK’s brutal prisons | Society | The Guardian
The scale of the crisis engulfing Britain’s prisons can be revealed, after an Observer investigation found that two-thirds are providing inmates with inadequate conditions or unacceptable treatment.

An analysis of hundreds of inspections covering 118 institutions found that a staggering 68% are now providing unsatisfactory standards in at least one respect, with two in five jails deemed to be unacceptably unsafe. &! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/17/britain-prison-crisis-facing-meltdown-gangs-drugs-violence - Are Britain’s prisons facing a meltdown? Few in government can now deny that our jail system is in severe crisis. Yet no one seems to want to tackle it &! https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/22/prisoners-left-to-rot-public-does-not-care-hmp-liverpool
UK  Austerity  Prison  nasty  party  Conservative  Theresa  May  Police 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
British justice is in flames. The MoJ’s fiddling is criminal | Charles Falconer | Opinion | The Guardian
From prisons to probation and legal aid, the entire system is on the verge of collapse – and poor people bear the brunt. Act now, lord chancellor
UK  Austerity  Legal  Aid  Prison  BAME  discrimination  inequality  injustice  justice  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Privatisation  MoJ  Brexit  No  Representation  LGBT  hate  speech  Police  crime 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Shares in UK government contractor Capita plunge 40% after profit warning | Business | The Guardian
Major UK outsourcing group stuns City with profits warning, as new CEO admits the company is too complex and freezes its shareholder dividend. 10.30am: Shares down 42% at 15-year low. New CEO says company must change. Capita wants to raise £700m from shareholders. Worries over £381m pensions deficit
Carillion  Capita  Privatisation  UK  Austerity  Council  NHS  Prison  outsourcing  pension  scheme  bailout  TBTF  taxevasion  taxavoidance  CEO  pay  shareholder  dividends  working  poor  sub-contractor  contractor  Precariat  insecurity 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Underfunded justice system 'crumbling', top criminal barrister says | Law | The Guardian
[pure rational rationing (workload) decisions out of necessity - by individuals, forced upon them by Austerity decisions] Failures to disclose evidence in rape prosecutions are a sign of the “dystopian disaster” engulfing the criminal justice system that has been caused by chronic government underfunding, the head of the criminal bar has warned. Angela Rafferty QC, who represents criminal barristers in England and Wales, criticised ministers for trying to promote the justice system as “a national asset” at the time of Brexit when in reality “the fabric of the court estate [is] crumbling”. [...] The Law Society, which represents solicitors across England and Wales, has launched legal action against the Ministry of Justice for cutting fees for defence lawyers, who have to examine increasingly large volumes of material recovered from mobile phones and laptops.
rationing  Austerity  Legal  Aid  Justice  Police  UK  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Gesellschaft  fabric  Society  injustice  BAME  No  Representation  Brexit  Westminster  bubble  Whitehall  MoJ  Sociology  Politics  Court  Prison  inequality  gini  Coefficient  social  mobility  equality  democracy  double  standard  staff  crisis  recruitment  burnout 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Impoverished healthcare at squalid Liverpool prison, report says - BBC News
Their decision to speak out, they say, was borne of a sense that senior management at the trust were not listening to concerns and hiding failings from regulators.
NHS  Prison  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  CQC  Austerity  rationing  Privatisation  UK  Whistleblower  excess  deaths 
december 2017 by asterisk2a
Essex nursery 'closes because of universal free hours scheme' - BBC News
underfunded policies. promising something w big number £, not adding up. see Prisons, Police, NHS, mental health, infrastructure (electrification), Hinkley Point C, HS2. And School Meals and DementiaTax from Theresa May. And the 2bn that add not up for "bed blocking". See also voter response to 'we don't need to budget our manifesto, look at our track record.' Or the brilliance of disaster (cant make that shit up) the new funding formula and roll out for schools funding per pupil is was.
UK  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  David  Cameron  Austerity  Theresa  May  Jeremy  Hunt  child  care  Prison  NHS  Council  George  Osborne  mental  health  infrastructure  Hinkley  HS2  Westminster  Whitehall  Brexit  GE2017  DementiaTax  bedblocking  bed  blocking  adult  elderly  social  education  policy 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
France’s terrorism is largely home grown – yet both Macron and Le Pen look away | Iman Amrani | Opinion | The Guardian
The truth is that neither of the remaining candidates has a coherent plan for dealing with the very real issue of fundamentalism in France. That is both shocking and inexcusable. We have seen more than enough attacks in Europe to be able to identify patterns, commonalities, and recurring issues. So why haven’t any of the candidates attempted to grapple with them?
France  UK  homegrown  terror  Islamic  Muslim  extremism  radicalism  Poverty  discrimination  trap  BAME  Racism  Banlieue  ISIS  Islam  radicalisation  Prison  Social  Services  Schools  Religion 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Bereaved families bring case against government over prisoner suicides | Society | The Guardian
Relatives of prisoners at HMP Woodhill who have taken their own lives are to bring a legal challenge against the institution’s governor and the justice secretary for allegedly failing to introduce basic safety measures. Eighteen prisoners have killed themselves at the jail in Milton Keynes since early 2013 despite repeated recommendations and guidance from coroners’ reports and official bodies that investigate deaths in custody.
Prison  Austerity  UK  Privatisation  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  radicalisation  recidivism  rehabilitation  empathy  neoliberal  neoliberalism  crony  capitalism  homeless  homelessness  scrounger  DWP  Disabled  NHS  rationing  unemployment  unemployed  single-mum 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Prison staff dismiss 'demoralising' pay rise | Society | The Guardian
POA says pay boost, which memo reveals may only affect 5% of staff, is MoJ’s distraction from prison safety issues
UK  Austerity  Prison  staff  shortage  Privatisation  recidivism  radicalisation  Islam 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Labour to oppose 'Henry VIII powers' being used to rewrite EU laws | Politics | The Guardian
[ no moderation, moderation is gone. Global Britain is here. 'indyref2 wil happen one way or another. no opposition and no say will infuriate Scots even more eventually ] It is expected that this will involve extensive use of “Henry VIII powers” – laws allowing ministers to change primary legislation (government bills) using secondary legislation (orders that go through parliament with little or no scrutiny). [...] Corbyn said Labour would oppose handing ministers such extensive powers when the House of Commons votes on the great repeal bill. [ less accountability, transparency, democracy, representation ... more technical! technocracy! that was voted actually against as it is practiced in EU ... the irony ] //&! The Observer view on triggering article 50. As Britain hurtles towards the precipice, truth and democracy are in short supply - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/26/observer-editorial-triggering-of-article-50-jeopardises-60-years-of-unparalleled-peace
Brexit  Theresa  May  far-right  alt-right  right-wing  nasty  party  Conservative  Tories  House  of  Commons  Opposition  Labour  Jeremy  Corbyn  JAM  neoliberalism  democracy  No  Representation  workers  trade  Union  rights  Whitehall  Westminster  Parliament  lobby  revolving  door  interest  groups  UK  FPP  Populism  Nationalism  DailyMail  Daily  Mail  Oligarchy  Plutocracy  Super  Rich  Austerity  NHS  1%  10%  Privatisation  Prison  Police  Surveillance-Industrial  complex  Military–industrial  crony  capitalism  tax  evasion  avoidance  HMRC  corporatism  technocrat  technocracy  accountability  debate  Transparency  Article50  Article  50 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Paris Lees on transgender prisoners: Isn't it time we talked about the facts? - The i newspaper online iNews
It was the latest instalment of Middle Class White Women Find 101 Rude and Unnecessary Ways to Tell Trans Women We’re Not Real Women. Have you been following it? It’s all terribly riveting stuff. [...] As the writer Katelyn Burns points out on Twitter, if violent crimes are now the threshold for getting sent to male prison, where are the campaigns to send violent female criminals who are not trans to men’s prisons? [...] We treat prisoners like humans for a reason [...] Women assault other women too
Transgender  LGBT  Feminism  feminist  Prison  human  rights  dignity  far-right  right-wing  Conservative  Religion  DailyMail  Daily  Mail  bathroom  bill  bathroombill 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
High levels of violence and use of force at last G4S-run child jail, report finds | Business | The Guardian
Report says inspectors witnessed staff struggling to maintain order at Oakhill secure training centre near Milton Keynes
UK  Austerity  Prison  Privatisation  G4S 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Tory spending pledges on police, education and childcare 'at risk' | Politics | The Guardian
[ after 7 years of austerity, no end in sight, debt keeps climbing, no to little investment, ... now you have to break promises from 2010 that there are protected budgets, ... to meet your fucking debt reduction promise ] Conservative promises to protect spending on police, sixth form education and childcare are at risk as Philip Hammond demands £3.5bn in new cuts from his cabinet colleagues, according to an analysis by the IPPR thinktank. The IPPR believes the government will not be able to hit its savings target, even allowing for proposed budget cuts, at the same time as meeting spending promises made by George Osborne when he was chancellor. [...] when the Treasury announced a new new drive for “efficiency savings” earlier this week, the only spending commitments that were reaffirmed were Conservative manifesto pledges to protect the core schools budgets and the NHS; and a subsequent promise to meet the Nato target of spending 2% of GDP on defence. [...] “the police budget could now face a further £250 to £500m in cuts that the public were not aware of”. [ LOTS OF UNINTENDED CONSQUENCES ABOUND, YOU SAVED HERE, BUT COSTS CREATED THERE, KNOCK ON EFFECTS! SHORT AND LONG-TERM! ie skills and social mobility, meaning less taxable income in the future bc stagnant wages & living standards, then you still try meet you debt reduction targets and you start cutting off fingers, hands, foot, ... ]
Brexit  Austerity  UK  George  Osborne  Philip  Hammond  David  Cameron  Theresa  May  IMF  underinvestment  Productivity  economic  history  GFC  bank  bailout  recovery  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  NHS  education  policy  NATO  Police  Council  elderly  care  adult  social  Prison  homelessness  homeless  poverty  drug  abuse  self-medication  coping  mechanism 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Hospitals could join prisons in cycle of 'crisis, cash, repeat', says report | Society | The Guardian
The government’s austerity programme of delivering good services while cutting spending “ran out of steam” in 2015, according to an analysis of official figures. Both organisations are urging the chancellor to ensure any measures in the budget have sound evidence behind them.
UK  NHS  Austerity  STP  Privatisation  Prison  Social  Care  adult  elderly  rationing  Council  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  David  Cameron  Theresa  May  Philip  Hammond  mental  health  public  GP  A&E  Nurse  Bursaries  Junior  Doctor 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Prison officers in 31 jails set for pay rises of up to £5,000 - BBC News
Jails have been hit by staff strikes and rising violence in recent months. A union welcomed the rise but said ministers were "papering over cracks".
UK  Prison  Austerity  Privatisation  Contractor  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Riot  violence 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
No 10: Official Secrets Act proposals 'project of previous prime minister' | Law | The Guardian
[Theresa May the control freak putting the blame as far from herself as she can, who can or might not want to or can not answer for themselves. Thing is, this is known Theresa move out of the Home Office, that is why she has set a record holding that post, despite missing lots of things Tories put on the manifesto ... and she also held the post for so long, bc she is Theresa May, who kept a lid on the Home Office, known to be revolving to for Ministers of any government in power.] Downing Street vehemently denies claims it plans to outlaw investigative journalism and public interest whistleblowers [...] “This is a consultation by an independent body instigated by a previous prime minister,” a No 10 source said. “It will never be our policy to restrict the freedom of investigative journalism or public service whistleblowing.”
Theresa  May  surveillance  Surveillance-Industrial  Complex  GCHQ  Brexit  trade  deal  Snoopers  Charter  asylum  seekers  refugee  Prison  Scandal  Police  Austerity  UK  Career  Politicians  Whistleblower  NHS  abuse 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
US investigating jail where black man died after being held for months over $5 | US news | The Guardian
Justice department examining whether inmates’ rights are being violated at jail where Jamycheal Mitchell, accused of stealing snacks worth $5, was found dead
post-racial  America  prison  industrial-complex 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC iPlayer - Life Inside Wandsworth Prison
what can "reform" do when there is no money and no people to do "reform". duh
Austerity  Privatisation  UK  public  services  social  jail  Prison  rehabilitation 
august 2016 by asterisk2a

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