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Police and prison staff to get more than 1% pay cap

The government has announced pay rises for police and prison officers which breach the 1% public sector pay cap. Prison officers will get a 1.7% rise while police will get a 1% pay rise plus a 1% bonus for the year, paid for from existing departmental budgets. No 10 also signalled the end of the 1% pay cap, saying they recognised the need for more flexibility in future. But the TUC said the pay rises being offered were “derisory” and would not address staff shortages. And Steve White, chairman of ...

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Public sector pay cap to be lifted for police and prison officers

The government is to lift the 1% public sector pay cap for the first time for both police and prison officers, the BBC understands. Ministers are expected to accept recommendations for higher pay rises this week and also to pave the way for similar increases in other sectors. BBC political correspondent Iain Watson said it was the “first concrete example of the pay cap being dismantled”. Unions, the opposition, and some Tories are calling for the cap to be lifted. Public sector pay was frozen for two years in 2010, ...

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Samsung chief gets 5-year prison term for corruption

Samsung’s deep reach into daily life A South Korean court has found Lee Jae-yong, the de facto chief of the sprawling Samsung business empire, guilty of bribery and other corruption charges. Lee, the billionaire son of Samsung’s ailing chairman, was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday, well short of the 12-year prison sentence prosecutors had sought. The criminal conviction is a blow for Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker and South Korea’s biggest family conglomerate. The so-called “trial of the century” has gripped South Korea for months. It’s ...

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Governors 'devastated' by 'complete decline of prison service'

The president of the Prison Governors Association has attacked the government’s management of prisons in England and Wales. Andrea Albutt wrote an open letter after recent violence at prisons in Hertfordshire and Wiltshire. She said the unrest was causing “grave concern” – adding that governors faced “unacceptable stress and anxiety”. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said action had been taken to increase prison officer numbers. But Ms Albutt said her members had seen “nothing tangible” from the MoJ to ease population pressures in prison, and the burden on staff. She ...

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Record 141 prison sentences increased after complaints

A record number of criminals have had their sentences increased after people complained that they were too lenient. The Attorney General’s Office said 141 terms were added to in England and Wales in 2016 under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme, up by 39 from 2015. These included 41 sex offences, 19 of grievous bodily harm with intent and 16 involving robbery. Only one person needs to ask for a sentence to be reviewed, and anyone – not just the victim – can request it. Thirty offenders – including an arsonist, ...

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How O.J. still made lots of NFL money in prison

2:58 PM ET O.J. Simpson might have made more than $ 600,000 during his eight-plus years in prison. After Simpson was granted parole on Thursday, that money is now his to spend and can’t be touched by the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald L. Goldman, who won a civil judgment against Simpson in February 1997 that, including interest, is now worth more than $ 40 million. O.J. Simpson has been granted parole nine years into a 33-year sentence after being convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with ...

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OJ Simpson to be freed from Nevada prison

Media playback is unsupported on your device Former US football star and actor OJ Simpson has been granted parole after nine years in a Nevada prison. “Thank you!” said the 70-year-old, bowing his head as the board approved him for release. Simpson, who was acquitted for a double murder in 1995, has been serving time for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and 10 other charges. He is set to walk free in October after being convicted of a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas hotel. OJ trials: Where ...

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Prison Service finds 225kg of drugs in one year

Prison officers confiscated about 225kg (496lbs) of drugs in one year, according to the Ministry of Justice. In 2016 20,000 mobile phones and sim cards, which are also contraband, were also seized from prisoners. The haul comes after £2 million investment in mobile phone detectors across the service, as well as 300 specialist dogs for drug detection. Prisons minister Sam Gyimah said that the amount of drugs and phones in prisons is “unacceptable”. He said: “I have been clear that the current levels of violence, drugs and mobile phones in ...

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Rolf Harris released from Stafford Prison

Rolf Harris has been released from Stafford Prison. The TV entertainer is currently on trial on four counts of alleged indecent assault against three teenagers between 1971 and 1983 – but has been appearing via video link. Mr Harris, who denies all charges, will attend the trial at Southwark Crown Court in person from Monday. Jurors have already been told that Mr Harris, 87, was convicted and sentenced following a trial in 2014. The current trial, which began on 15 May, is not sitting on Friday. Let’s block ads! (Why?) ...

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Chelsea Manning: Wikileaks source freed from prison

Media playback is unsupported on your device US soldier Chelsea Manning has been released from prison after serving seven years for leaking hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and military files to Wikileaks. A US Army spokesperson confirmed to the BBC that she had left Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas. Most of what remained of her 35-year sentence was commuted by then-US President Barack Obama in January. Her lawyer earlier said she was excited but likely “anxious”. “She’s ready to finally be able to live as the woman that ...

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