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  • Fri, 16 Feb 2024 18:17:06 +0000: Jeremy Cameron obituary - Prisons and probation | The Guardian

    My friend Jeremy Cameron, who has died suddenly aged 76, during a holiday watching cricket in Grenada and Trinidad, was a former probation officer, an author, a tennis aficionado, cross-continental walker, socialist and vegetarian. His tennis maxim – “keep fit and get the ball back once more than your opponent” – underpinned his approach more generally.

    Jeremy started his working life in the 1970s helping homeless young people in Manchester and emotionally damaged children in Norwich. After qualifying as a probation officer at Brunel University in 1981, he started work in Walthamstow in east London. He was a fearless and inspirational officer, and active in the NAPO trade union, where his AGM speeches were lauded for their passion and wit. In 1995, he became a national rep in disciplinary proceedings and continued this work even after resigning from the Probation Service in 2002.

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  • Tue, 13 Feb 2024 16:40:16 +0000: Letter: Erwin James obituary - Prisons and probation | The Guardian

    Erwin James, known as Jim, was a patron of the Footprints Project , a mentoring service for former offenders in Hampshire and Dorset, of which I was a trustee.

    Thanks to Jim’s Guardian column A Life Inside, he became the most articulate voice of serving prisoners. This Runyonesque notebook detailed his fellow inmates Baby-face Turtle, Felix the gambler and Rinty from Dundee with a compassion and humour that became educational for us all.

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  • Mon, 12 Feb 2024 17:21:43 +0000: Mother of Colin Pitchfork victim dismayed as he wins new release hearing - Prisons and probation | The Guardian

    Double child rapist and murderer will face fresh parole hearing after appeal

    The mother of one of Colin Pitchfork’s victims has expressed her anger after the rapist and murderer won an appeal for a fresh parole hearing to determine whether he should be released from prison.

    Pitchfork was jailed for life with a minimum term of 30 years in 1988, later reduced to 28 years, for raping and strangling Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth, both 15, in 1983 and 1986 respectively.

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  • Wed, 07 Feb 2024 11:36:40 +0000: Former pop star Gary Glitter must stay in prison, parole panel decides - Prisons and probation | The Guardian

    Panel said it was not satisfied releasing former singer, jailed for sexually abusing girls, was safe for public

    Paul Gadd, known as the former pop star Gary Glitter, has lost a hearing to be freed from prison, where he is serving a sentence for sexually abusing girls.

    Gadd, 79, was automatically released from prison in February 2023, halfway through a 16-year sentence – but was recalled just six weeks later for allegedly viewing downloaded images of children.

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  • Sun, 04 Feb 2024 17:22:05 +0000: There’s power in putting pen to paper | Letter - Prisons and probation | The Guardian

    In a digital age, let’s not forget the value of old-fashioned letter writing, says Stuart Harrington

    Recent speculation over the possible loss of Saturday postal deliveries (Letters, 25 January) has led to a renewal of the debate in some circles regarding the relevance of pen-to-paper letter writing in this digital age. Will the use of crisp white writing pads, envelopes and ink at home soon be regarded in the same way as domestic breadmaking or needlepoint? (And yes, the irony of this letter being sent via email is not lost on me.)

    I am a firm champion of letter writing. However, my opinion is based on some 30 years of working as a prison officer and supporting offenders who had suddenly lost their ability to send digital messages via mobile devices or to make telephone calls at a time that was convenient for the recipient.

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