Man released from prison after podcast sparks retrial

Man released from prison after podcast sparks retrial

A man who has spent 13 years in prison in Sweden charged with murder has been released after new evidence came to light in a true crime podcast. Spar, hosted by journalists Anton Berg and Martin Johnson and released via podcast platform Acast, has been examining the imprisonment of Kaj Linna for the last two years. Mr Linna was initially sentenced to life in prison in 2004 for murder and robbery. Robert Lindberg was killed…

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Ohio prison inmates 'built computers and hid them in ceiling'

Ohio prison inmates 'built computers and hid them in ceiling'

A prison work programme has backfired, after two inmates in the US state of Ohio built computers from PCs they were supposed to be dismantling for recycling. The unsupervised inmates later hid the PCs in the ceiling of a training room. Investigators found software, pornography and articles about making drugs and explosives on the machines. The discovery came after IT staff flagged unusual levels of internet activity on a contractor’s account. The PCs were found…

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Undercover Panorama report reveals prison chaos

Undercover Panorama report reveals prison chaos

Chaos in one of the biggest prisons in the country has been revealed in secret filming for the BBC. An undercover reporter spent two months at HMP Northumberland, which houses up to 1,348 male inmates, for Panorama. He discovered widespread drug use, a lack of control, door alarms that did not go off in one block and a hole in an internal security fence. The Ministry of Justice said it would investigate the “extremely serious…

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Police killing cannibal Stefano Brizzi dies in prison

Police killing cannibal Stefano Brizzi dies in prison

A murderer who was jailed for killing a Metropolitan Police officer and trying to dissolve his body in acid has died in prison. Stefano Brizzi, 51, was sentenced to life in prison in 2016 for murdering PC Gordon Semple and was ordered to serve at least 24 years in jail. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) confirmed Brizzi, an HMP Belmarsh prisoner, died in custody on Sunday. His trial was told he had tried to eat…

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Swaleside Prison: Inmates take over part of jail

Swaleside Prison: Inmates take over part of jail

Sixty prisoners have taken control of part of a wing at a prison in Kent. The Prison Officers Association (POA) said there was an “ongoing disturbance” at the category B training prison, HMP Swaleside, on the Isle of Sheppey. Specialist “Tornado” teams have been deployed to tackle the unrest, the Prison Service said. POA chairman Mike Rolfe said the extent of the disturbance was unclear, but it did not appear to be on the scale…

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HMP Birmingham riot: Officers regain control of prison

HMP Birmingham riot: Officers regain control of prison

Authorities have regained control of a prison after more than 12 hours of rioting described as the worst since the Strangeways jail riot 26 years ago. The Ministry of Justice said riot teams restored order to all four wings of HMP Birmingham just after 22:30 on Friday. They were deployed to tackle the disorder, which is understood to have involved up to 600 inmates. Justice Secretary Liz Truss said violence in prisons “will not be…

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Prison officers end protest after court order

Prison officers end protest after court order

Prison officers have returned to work after a High Court injunction ordered them to end a 24-hour protest. Up to 10,000 prison officers in England and Wales stopped work over claims of a “surge in violence” in jails. Granting the injunction, Mr Justice Kerr said prison officers’ action had created a “very concerning” situation. The Prison Officers Association said it had achieved its aim of securing a meeting with Justice Secretary Liz Truss within the…

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Truss: Extra 2,100 prison officers to be deployed

Truss: Extra 2,100 prison officers to be deployed

An extra 2,100 prison officers are to be recruited to ease staffing shortages in jails in England and Wales, Justice Secretary Liz Truss will say later. Unveiling a White Paper, Ms Truss will say the new recruits should help to reduce attacks on staff and prisoners. She will detail plans for more autonomy for governors and ensure drug tests for inmates when they enter and leave jail. But Labour said the speech would be a…

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