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There Is Not A Single Prison In The Country Where A Child Is Safe - The State Is Failing Its Duty To Protect Children

Frances Crook | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK
Frances Crook

The evidence from Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons could not be clearer - the state is failing to its duty to protect children. There is not a single prison in the country where a child is safe. As Dr Miller told the local politicians in the 1970s: "You can have the institutions; we are taking the kids."

Record Suicide Figures Prove That, Under This Government, The Prison System Is Broken

Yasmin Qureshi | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Politics
Yasmin Qureshi

Bolder, more comprehensive policies and a greater sense of urgency are needed. The government needs to bring forward plans that will address demand on the system, retain the staff recruited and that ultimately will allow prisons to better serve society.

Our Record Prison Suicide Rate Is A National Scandal And A National Shame

Frances Crook | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK
Frances Crook

A prison regime should be built around a normal life... This is far from the reality of life in prison and there has rightly been deep public concern at reports of deaths, murders, violent attacks on prisoners and staff and the bloodbath resulting from self-injury.

The Fact That Cameron's Prison Reform Speech Took Place at All Mattered More Than the Content

Ellie Butt | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Politics
Ellie Butt

That the speech took place at all was much more important than what was in it - the policies announced are all fairly small-scale and will have little to no impact if pushed through without comprehensive sentencing reform.

Three in Four Prisons Are Overcrowded - Ministers Must Recognise There Is a Problem

Frances Crook | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Politics
Frances Crook

Three quarters of prisons that hold adult men - some as young as 18 or 19 - are overcrowded... If the problem is going to be solved it requires a mature attitude by ministers and a recognition that there is indeed a problem.

Thieves And Fraudsters 'Should Be Spared Jail'

PA | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK

Thieves and fraudsters should be spared jail, with prison sentences reserved for the most serious crimes, a legal expert has said. Law professor An...

Overcrowded, Dirty, And Full Of Drugs And Alcohol

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK

A prison more holding 50% more inmates than it was meant to has been found to have among the "worst" drug and alcohol abuse, bullying and overcrowding...

Why Are There More Muslim Men In Youth Jails

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.12.2012 | UK

The proportion of young Muslim men in youth jails in England and Wales rose by more than a quarter last year, figures showed on Friday. One in five...

'A Little Love Is No Bad Thing'

Posted 26.11.2012 | UK

Chris Grayling's plan to crackdown on prisoners in relationships sharing cells is "puritanical", according to a leading charity for penal reform. T...

'A Cry For Help': Report Says Sexual Exploitation Victims Should Not Be Criminalised

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK

Sexually exploited girls commit crime as a cry for help and should not be prosecuted, according to a report released on Tuesday. Out of place: The ...

Prisoners 'Develop Drug Problems In Jail'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.04.2012 | UK

One in eight prisoners developed a drug problem after being locked up in jail, inspectors said on Tuesday. A poll of a quarter of all inmates at Du...