UK Prison

How Prison Entrepreneurship Could Break the Cycle of Reoffending and Save Taxpayers Billions

Maximilian Yoshioka | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Politics
Maximilian Yoshioka

If successful, a greater emphasis on entrepreneurship will also help address ex-prisoner unemployment and welfare dependency, as well as create further employment opportunities while generating tax revenues. Most importantly, however, it will give ex-prisoners the fresh start they desperately need and surely deserve.

Survivor's Guilt

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Most importantly, for the first time in my life, I am dedicating time to address the inner turmoil and tensions that come with navigating a world so very different from the one of those I love.

International Women's Day 2016: Equality for Women in Prison

Helen Crewe | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Helen Crewe

It is surprising how much knowledge there is available about women in prison. Despite this, their minority status has led to a small chapter or paragraph in a policy manual. Research for women in prison provides accessible and helpful information which could be used to promote equality for women in prison.

Is Harsh Punishment for Crime Always Right?

Anthony Lorenzo | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK
Anthony Lorenzo

If punishment must be justified, and it must, it should be done so on the basis that morality is being restored. It is morally right and beneficial to society that people cannot get away with wrongdoing. To ensure people do not want to do wrong, weight must be given to making sure the punishment is justified on the grounds that the offender benefits to. Since deterrence did not stop them committing a crime in the first place, what would? A more moral and liberal system of punishment, surely?

From Prisoner to Programmer: What Can the UK Learn From Silicon Valley?

Suzanne Ashman | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Tech
Suzanne Ashman

Unsurprisingly, we must look to Silicon Valley for the new, cutting-edge innovation. Or more precisely, to the hills overlooking the bay, which are home to San Quentin, California's oldest prison. To put San Quentin in a UK justice context, it would be a category A prison - it's home to 699 death row inmates.

Little-Known Facts About Self-Harm in Prison

Helen Crewe | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK
Helen Crewe

The issue of self-harm and prison life is not well understood. Despite this, there has been recent publicity about this issue. For example, Richard Ga...

Ban of Solitary Confinement and Autonomy for Governors

Helen Crewe | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK
Helen Crewe

In January 2016, President Obama announced reforms following his visit to a prison in July, 2015. Obama explained "how can we subject prisoners to unn...

Tackling the Cycle of Re-offending, Addiction and Mental Health

Mike Trace | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK
Mike Trace

Today's prison reform announcement from the Prime Minister comes at an important time for prisons, that have been facing increasing pressures for many years. As the departing Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick, put it - never before has drug use in prisons been such a significant threat to their security or to the chance of true rehabilitation for offenders.

Islamic Extremists 'Preying' On Weak Prisoners, Warns Cameron

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron warned on Monday tackling Islamic extremism is the "new front" in prisons, as he set out plans to reform the jail system. Speaking in...

From Inmates to Entrepreneurs

Maximilian Yoshioka | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Politics
Maximilian Yoshioka

In a society where freelancing and entrepreneurship are transforming the nature of work, those disadvantaged vis-à-vis conventional employment (such as ex-offenders) have the most to gain.

Hope for Prison Reform

James Timpson | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK
James Timpson

We can't keep locking up 85,000 people today knowing that hardly any of them will manage to find work and that around 50% of them will be back in again within a year of release. There are currently too many people in prison, and we have a system that seems to keep bringing them back there time and time again--that has to stop. Prison reform means fewer prisons and better prisoners.

Goals: 'Why' Is Often More Important Than 'How'

Dr Paul Wood | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK
Dr Paul Wood

When confronted with forks in the road, with choices that could provide temporary respite, ease and gratification, or lead to the tough work my goals required...I could ask myself the crucial guiding question...what would someone like me, someone with these values, do in this situation?

Exploring Emotion and Mothering From Prison ...

Helen Crewe | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK
Helen Crewe

There have been two recent discussion papers focussed solely on mothers and prison in the UK namely 'Sentencing of Mothers: Improving the Sentencing P...

Steven Avery Claims Evidence Against Him Was 'Fruit Of The Poisonous Tree' In Fresh Appeal

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK

Steven Avery, the subject of the Netflix series 'Making A Murderer', has submitted a fresh appeal against his murder conviction claiming that one juro...

Babies in Prison

Helen Crewe | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK
Helen Crewe

The existence of babies in prison can be traced to the earliest types of prison. There is evidence of a baby born in a prison in the 18th century in England and Wales. Across the world prisons included nurseries in the early 20th century, however over the past few years there has been a more punitive approach.

This Man Has Slashed Steven Avery's Chances Of Prison Release

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK

The only person who could allow Steven Avery a reprieve from prison has delivered some disappointing news for the convict. Governor of Wisconsin S...

Solitary Confinement and Isolation for Women in Prison:

Helen Crewe | Posted 03.01.2016 | UK
Helen Crewe

While there are many organisations, researchers and practitioners interested in issues relating to women in prison; there is a need for more in depth and strategic direction. While solitary confinement and isolation is often promoted by human rights organisations, the cases they use are examples that are not necessarily relevant for all women in prison.

Hundreds Of Prisoners Have Been Released Early By Mistake

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 28.12.2015 | UK

Convicted murderers and other violent criminals have been released early from prison by mistake, new figures have revealed. Over the last decade, 5...

Prisons: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Juliet Lyon | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK Politics
Juliet Lyon

Over half of the 50 prisoners interviewed for the study reported three or more mental health problems including anxiety, depression, anger, difficulty in concentration, insomnia, and an increased risk of self-harm. Almost half of the 49 officers interviewed said that they would benefit from more mental health training and that further training should be offered.

Four Issues for Transgender People in Female Prisons

Helen Crewe | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK
Helen Crewe

In October 2015, while the Tara Hudson Campaign (#PRISONTRANSFORM) made international news, events have changed quickly. Since this campaign, two othe...

A New Era for Women in Prison

Helen Crewe | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Helen Crewe

Within Europe HMP Holloway is known as the largest women's prison. Its facade was built to replicate Warwick Castle. Since the early campaigns of Eliz...

After 44 Years In Jail, A Man Struggles To Comprehend Today's Technology

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Tech

Technology is moving at such a fast pace that it's hard to keep up at the best of times. With a new iPhone every year and the rise of virtual reality ...

Prisoners Are Using Legal Highs At Unprecedented Levels

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK

There has been an "alarming" seven-fold increase in the number of prisoners seeking help for addiction to legal highs in the last year, a charity has ...

'Legal Highs' and Prison Lows - My View From Inside

Dan Rolfe | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Dan Rolfe

I was lucky and never had any of the frightening effects spice can have, but I saw others who used it have 'spice attacks'. It's like they were having heart attacks, not knowing where they were, collapsing. Men would smoke half a gram in one go. They'd wander out of the cell, and the next thing they'd be on the floor or in health care. A lot would call for their mums.

Jack Sommers

What Interviewing Male Prisoners Taught One Psychologist About Masculinity

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 22.11.2015 | UK

Power, avoidance of femininity, avoiding expressions of emotion. These are some of the attributes of what psychologists call "hegemonic masculinity". ...