UK Prison

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 El...

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 | 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 ma...

Death Row Drug Convicts Could Be Guarded By Crocodiles In Indonesia

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK

Drug convicts on death row could be guarded by crocodiles under new plans from Indonesia’s anti-drugs chief - because they can’t be bribed. Bud...

Comparing Down: A Life Lesson From Maximum Security Prison

Dr Paul Wood | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK
Dr Paul Wood

One of the most useful skills I learnt during over a decade in prison was to be thankful that things weren't even worse. In psychology this is known as comparing down and helps make you grateful for what you have. Comparing down was a skill that I learnt in New Zealand's toughest maximum-security prison, Paremero.

Unlocking Potential: Children Held in Isolation

Anne Longfield | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Politics
Anne Longfield

The BBC's latest film presents Mini's life as one long missed opportunity, in spite of his potential. My hope is that these changes help us to avoid turning out another generation of missed opportunities.

Shaker Aamer and Our Responsibility

Baroness Jones | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

We need to know exactly what the US government - and the UK government, which has been complicit in the 'rendering' of British and other nationals to Guantanamo - has done, so we can hold them to account. For all of us, the fight for justice for Shaker, his wife and children, is far from over.

How Needlework Is Helping Prisoners Find Self-Worth

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Around the country, men and women in high-security prisons are picking up a needle and thread and learning how to sew. Why? "It enables them to...

Third Of Children In Youth Prisons Are Put In Isolation For Up To 22 Hours - Despite Mental Health Risk

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A third of young offenders experience isolation and segregation for up to 22 hours, particularly in larger institutions, a report from the Children's ...

It's Not 'Prison Art' - It's Just Art

Gabriel Samuels | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Gabriel Samuels

There is a growing school of thought that says that art may be able to prevent convicts from reoffending, and the artworks in 'Re:From' stand as clear testament to the truth that prison time can indeed be the source of tangible emotional and creative growth.