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Birmingham prison: 'More sex offender space needed'
The justice minister has been urged to provide extra space at HMP Birmingham to cope with the rising number of sex offenders being sent there. The Independent Monitoring Board said the jail was struggling to cope with more historical sex offence cases being solved, a rise in internet pornography convictions and more rape prosecutions. It has now written to Chris Grayling asking for him to investigate urgently. The Prison Service said the r

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Private firms 'to take on probation services'
An overhaul of the probation service in England and Wales will see low risk offenders supervised by the private sector, the government is to announce. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling will unveil plans to let security firms and voluntary groups m

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