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Prisoners are dying preventable deaths

Prisons and Probation Ombudsman annual report says prisoners are dying needlessly and some prisons and health providers are not learning the lessons from these deaths.


Caring for transgender prisoners

Ministry of Justice review into the care and management of transgender offenders even more important following 3rd suicide in just over a year.


Murder in prison

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman investigates six homicides of prisoners in the last year – the biggest total in living memory.


The growing problem of prisoners with dementia

Just how important it is for prisons to start to respond to the needs of older prisoners is illustrated by two very sad and shocking case studies, one of which tells of a man dying of dementia who was kept in restraints in a public hospital.


Preventing prison suicides

Latest bulletin from Prisons and Probation Ombudsman repeats key warnings to prevent prison suicides – particularly in first month in custody.


Improving the mental health of prisoners

Issues ranged from poor monitoring of compliance with medication and lack of encouragement to take prescribed drugs, to inappropriate care plans which were not reviewed and updated.

On Probation

10 things I learnt from the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

The new Justice Secretary Michael Gove has made much of the need to have an ethical criminal justice system. One step hemight take would be to make the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman’s recommendations legally enforceable.


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