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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

September 12, 2008: Prison Transfer With Vietnam Agreed

Vietnamese nationals serving prison sentences in the UK will now be able to return home to complete their sentence following an agreement signed today. Of the 460 Vietnamese offenders currently held in Britain, choosing to serve their sentence in Vietnam means they will be closer to family and friends, and benefit from rehabilitation programmes better suited to their circumstances and the country into which they will eventually be released.

Justice Secretary Jack Straw has been holdings meeting with the Prime Minister and senior members of the Cabinet in Vietnam. Speaking in Hanoi today, Mr Straw said:

'Both formally and informally we are working together to tackle some of the new and increasingly complex crimes we face. This agreement is just one practical demonstration of the growing cooperation and understanding between Vietnam and the United Kingdom in justice matters.

'Transferring prisoners to their home countries ensures individuals are punished for their crimes, but their rehabilitation is right for the community they will return to.'

The terms of the agreement are voluntary, with each case requiring the agreement of both the UK and Vietnam governments. There is a reciprocal arrangement for British nationals imprisoned in Vietnam. In addition, any British prisoner whose death sentence has recently been commuted to life imprisonment will be able to return to the UK.

Foreign offenders in the UK who receive a custodial sentence for a serious crime will be automatically considered for deportation on completion of their sentence due to the introduction of the UK Borders Act. The agreement with Vietnam signed today, allows offenders to return sooner.

Mr Straw delivered a speech at the Hanoi Law University during his visit.