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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

April 30, 2004: Racism at Yaryl's Wood

An independent report into allegations of racism and mistreatment of detainees at Yarl’s Wood Removal Centre has found that there was not a general culture of racism, violence and abuse.

The report, by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Stephen Shaw, did substantiate most of the recent allegations of racist and other abusive language but found that they were isolated and involved a very small number of staff against whom disciplinary action has been taken. However, the report makes 29 recommendations, all of which have been accepted.

The full report can be downloaded by clicking here here.

The then Home Office Minister Beverley Hughes commissioned an investigation following articles in the Daily Mirror in December 2003.

In the conclusion of his report Mr Shaw says:

    "I have concluded that most of the things that Mr Sommerlad (the Mirror reporter) said happened did happen. I have also concluded that there is not a culture of abuse, racism and violence at Yarl’s Wood. These are apparently contradictory findings. "Mr Sommerlad’s allegations are largely based on what was said during the five week training course which he attended. When taken out of context, some of these remarks were, at the least, unfortunate. There were also a number of remarks that were simply unacceptable, regardless of context. "It is important to note that these remarks were attributable to a small handful of people. While it is of concern that they felt able to speak as they did, I note that two of the three no longer work for the company and I am satisfied that GSL has taken appropriate action. This and the thoroughness of their investigation and my own will have served to reinforce the point that racism in any form is unacceptable. "I have found no evidence to support Mr Sommerlad’s assertion that staff had an unwonted enthusiasm for control and restraint or were violent towards detainees