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Remand change proposals

The way defendants are held on remand in jail should be overhauled to ensure costly prison places are not being used unnecessarily, the Chief Inspector of Prisons has said.

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Jail Inspector questions current prison rules

  • The report was based on inspection reports for 33 local prisons, fieldwork in five jails and focus groups with remand prisoners and managers.
  • It found an "unresolved disjuncture" between prison rules and what actually happened. Other rules have become outdated, it warned.
  • While the Prison Rules 1999 set out legally binding entitlements for remand prisoners, Prison Service policy gave discretion to governors.
  • Sharing mixed cells was "the norm", the inspectors found.

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