About Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, novelist and journalist, runs Shine a Light. Clare is an OurKingdom co-editor and co-founder of End Child Detention Now. Winner Paul Foot Award and Bevins Prize for outstanding investigative journalism in 2010. Orwell Prize nominee 2013.

Articles by Clare Sambrook

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Heather McRobie

Heather McRobie is an editor at 5050.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Could Ministry of Justice & Grayling be prosecuted for manslaughter over prison suicides?

In just 12 months, 89 prisoners in England and Wales took their own lives. What is the government doing about it?  

The racist texts. What the Mubenga trial jury was not told

Jimmy Mubenga died under restraint by three G4S guards. Extreme racist texts found on two of the guards’ phones were withheld from the jury who yesterday cleared all three men of manslaughter. (Warning: this piece contains highly offensive language)

Suicide, murder, despair. Coalition government makes its mark on prisons

  • Justice minister Chris Grayling is imposing a ‘more Spartan’ prison regime, with deadly consequences.
  • • 88 prisoner suicides in one year in England and Wales
  • • Chief Inspector of Prisons to be replaced in 2015
  • • Spending on food cut to £1.96 per prisoner per day (that’s £1.96 in total, breakfast, lunch and dinner)

The national shame that is healthcare in UK immigration detention

Four years ago G4S was involved in the unlawful killing of an immigration detainee called Jimmy Mubenga. Now they're winning NHS contracts to care for detainees.

G4S private army of Gurkhas wins medals for gallantry in Kabul

  • • Honour citation sheds light on security industry's role in 'War on Terror'.
  • • G4S Gurkhas deployed against environmental protesters in the UK.

Nice work: G4S wins $118 million Guantánamo contract

G4S, the UK government outsourcer that supports Israeli security services on the West Bank, will serve Guantánamo Bay Naval Base.

Gove's own Operation Trojan Horse: the privatisation of our schools

Yesterday education minister Michael Gove was demoted to the post of chief whip. His covert privatisation of schools across England goes on.

Love is not all you need, says Court of Appeal: can you afford to love a migrant?

Harsh UK immigration rules deprive couples of their right to family life unless they earn at least £18,600 per year — more if they have children. And that's all right, says the Court of Appeal.

One Man, Two Guvnors: the conflict at the heart of British justice

Yesterday Chris Grayling, who is both Minister of State for Justice (dismantling the legal aid system) and Lord Chancellor (sworn to uphold the rule of law), gave evidence before the House of Commons Justice Committee.

Coroner: prisoner got ‘sub-optimal care’ at G4S Oakwood Prison

  • • For almost an hour after Steve Ham was found unresponsive, G4S guards failed to call an ambulance
  • • Panic, inexperience, understaffing and lack of transparency exposed at UK's flagship private prison
  • • “An excellent model for the future of the Prison Service,” said justice minister Chris Grayling when Oakwood opened

Can you afford to fall in love with a migrant?

How the UK's immigration rules deprive couples of their right to family life

One life in investigative journalism

A Q&A with Clare Sambrook, OurKingdom co-editor and co-founder of the End Child Detention Now campaign. Interviewer: Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, writer-in-residence at Lacuna.

Man loses job. What next? (He's G4S's Nick Buckles, by the way)

What happens after a government outsourcer fails shareholders and the public, and the boss loses his job? Nick Buckles gets £1,200,000 — and a pension of more than £400,000 a year.

Fail and prosper: how privatisation really works

Want to make £10 million and more? Become an accountant. Learn how to make austerity pay. 

Is the Death of a Detainee a BBC story? It depends where they're from

The horrible death of Canadian Alois Dvorzac in UK immigration detention was big news. What if he'd been from Eritrea or Zaire?

Man, 84, dies handcuffed in hospital: UK border control by the GEO Group

A shocking report on Harmondsworth, the British immigration lock-up run by GEO, America's second biggest prisons contractor. Who are the GEO Group and what do they stand for?

Britain's botched privatisation of asylum housing

UK spending watchdog confirms mismanagement in outsourcing to G4S and Serco. Report casts doubt on public servants' ability to scrutinise powerful contractors.

G4S guard bludgeoned woman to death

  • •  Glasgow murder conviction raises fresh doubts about government outsourcer's competence and integrity
  • •  Guard's "instability only became apparent after the murder," says G4S, who claim expertise in "robust employee screening"

The truth about sexual abuse at Yarl's Wood detention centre

What is the British government really doing to protect immigration detainees from their guards?

Jimmy Mubenga and the shame of British Airways

Three years after the unlawful killing of a passenger in its care, why hasn't British Airways held an inquiry into what went wrong? What are the consequences of its inaction?

G4S: A tale of two troubled prisons

Privatisation's flagship African jail is beset by kidnap, rape and stabbings. In Oakwood Prison, England, hooch, drugs and violence thrive. What's the problem? For-profit prisons? Or G4S?

UK government deports sexual assault witnesses

Witnesses to alleged sexual abuse at Yarl's Wood detention centre are being put on a mass deportation flight to Pakistan, leaving tonight.

Strip-searched in Derbyshire

Police officers across England are strip-searching people for no good reason. 

It's all right for Michael Gove

The UK education minister blames food bank clients for their poverty. The man himself takes, time and time again.

JULY: Court rejects UK gov attempt to send transplant patient to her death — AUGUST: 'Free at last'

JULY: Rejoicing in Yorkshire as Home Secretary is denied her wish to deport Roseline Akhalu to Nigeria. AUGUST: Akhalu granted leave to remain.

G4S guard fatally restrains 15 year old - gets promoted

What to do with a 100 kg guard who fatally restrains a 40 kg boy? Promote him to health & safety manager, G4S children's homes. Behind the corporate image at the company responsible for some of Britain's most vulnerable children. See also: Concealment and trickery - that's G4S children's homes

Concealment and trickery - that's G4S children's homes

The world's biggest security company hides its identity in applications to convert houses into children's homes in England. See also: G4S guard fatally restrains 15 year old - gets promoted

Lord Ramsbotham attacks 'perverse' decision not to prosecute G4S over Mubenga death

JULY 2013: Crown Prosecution Service reconsiders decision not to prosecute G4S.

JULY 2012: Ramsbotham, former chief inspector of prisons, condemns original CPS decision not to prosecute. Peers describe UK Border Agency culture of disbelief, its abuse of torture victims, denial of legal representation, dawn raids on pregnant mothers, the perils of outsourcing, ‘loutish and aggressive’ behaviour, and that’s not all . . .

Who is that man in the Lord Chancellor's seat?

• Justice minister making savage cuts lined his pockets from Parliamentary expenses • MPs grill Chris Grayling over plans to destroy Legal Aid • Grayling acknowledges 'ideological' motivation.

MPs on Justice by Tesco, Stobart & G4S

A debate the government did not want to happen. House of Commons resists Coalition attack on Legal Aid. 

Broken bones and stab wounds: rising violence at G4S-run Birmingham jail

Steep rise in attacks on staff and prisoners at run-for-profit Winson Green prison.

G4S and their human rights problem

Protesters disrupt security company's annual meeting. A jury questions the death of a detainee. Spooks and Big Money mingle with ministers at Bilderberg. Scenes from a Le Carré novel? A difficult day for security giant G4S . . . War on Want's film of the protest is here.

Olympic bunglers G4S recruit for Hillsborough inquiry

Outsourcing giant G4S seeks retired police officers to investigate Britain's worst football disaster — for £14 an hour.

Woolwich: Lord Reid, the security industry's salesman

Former Home Secretary John Reid exploits a brutal murder to revive the Snoopers' Charter.

G4S boss Nick Buckles retires at 52, a multimillionaire

Security company G4S and its executives have got rich dismantling public services.

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