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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

May 10, 2006: Inspectorate Report On Anthony Rice

A report on the release and supervision of Anthony Rice – convicted of murdering Naomi Bryant in August 2005 while under probation supervision – has been published by the Chief Inspector of Probation Andrew Bridges.

At the time of Ms Bryant's murder, Rice had been released from prison on a life licence after a history of serious sexual attacks including rape, attempted rape and other assaults. He was being supervised in the community by Hampshire Probation Area alongside a number of other agencies through Hampshire Multi-agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).

The independent report requested by Hampshire MAPPA - identifies a number of substantial deficiencies in the way Rice was managed both before and after his release from prison. The Chief Inspector commented:

"Our conclusion about this case is that there were substantial deficiencies in the way Rice was supervised, but in any case he was too dangerous to be released into the community in the first place. The public is entitled to an explanation about how that happened, and our account has shown that a succession of specific mistakes, misjudgments and miscommunications at all three phases of Rice's life sentence had a compounding effect that amounted to what we have called a cumulative failure."

"This all took place in a climate in which it is increasingly difficult for those charged with managing offenders through their sentences to ensure that public protection considerations are not undermined by the human rights considerations of each case."

The report makes five key recommendations to address the problems found, one of which is that there should be a major appraisal of current policy and practice for releasing prisoners from indeterminate sentences.

The full report including the Chief Inspector's detailed recommendations is available online.