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Ministry of Justice

Sheila Bird :: Mon, 08/02/2010 - 14:22

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Ten years and too few answers later ...

Ten years ago, the Home Affairs Committee’s Special Report on Drugs and Prisons made a series of recommendations that are still being ignored by the Ministry of Justice.

Sheila Bird :: Mon, 23/11/2009 - 10:11

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Magistrates’ costly decisions on whom to remand to prison

Ten of thousands of people are remanded in custody every year while they await trial. But when they come to court, a high proportion walk free.

Sheila Bird and Andrew Pelling :: Mon, 09/11/2009 - 11:57

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One law for the guilty, another for the innocent

Prisoners held on remand while awaiting trial can at least console themselves that if found guilty, their time on remand will count towards their sentence. But there is no such consolation for those found not guilty, or found guilty but given a non-custodial sentence.

Sheila Bird and Patrick Mercer MP :: Wed, 28/10/2009 - 16:58

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Military Inquests: Short-Changed?

In spite of the rising toll of the war in Afghanistan, fewer military inquests are being held.

Sheila Bird :: Wed, 07/10/2009 - 10:11

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Drug tests in prison: how intelligently are they being used?

How smart have prisons in England and Wales been in using the information gained from mandatory drug testing? And which prisons have done better than others?

Sheila Bird :: Tue, 06/10/2009 - 13:32

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What random Mandatory Drug Testing reveals about methadone prescribing for prisoners

Recent parliamentary answers to astute questions from Andrew Pelling MP have provided a means of assessing the progress of the Prison Service’s Integrated Drug Treatment System (IDTS). 

Sheila Bird :: Mon, 05/10/2009 - 14:40

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Drug testing in prisons, and prescribed methadone for heroin-dependent prisoners

The Government’s drug testing programme in prisons is distorted by perverse incentives, and fails to make the best use of the data collected.

Sheila Bird and Patrick Mercer MP :: Wed, 19/08/2009 - 08:30

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Too long a wait for Afghanistan inquests

More British soldiers are dying in Afghanistan - but the number of inquests held into their deaths has halved, in spite of Government promises of extra resources. Why?

Sheila Bird :: Tue, 11/08/2009 - 09:29

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Compelling statistics: how many innocent people on remand?

Britain’s jails are full, but are they full of the right people? A huge number are on remand – and are subsequently found not guilty of the charges on which they were remanded.