UK Prison

Worrying Details Emerge Of Westminster Attacker's Radicalisation

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 25.03.2017 | UK

Fears Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood was groomed for extremism in prison have heightened after it was claimed he turned to Islam behind bars. Co...

Anger As 'Sex-Change Rapist Moved To Women's Jail'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK

A rapist has been moved to a women-only prison after having gender reassignment surgery to become female, it has been reported. Jessica Winfield, form...

Too Many Prisoners, Too Few Staff - Why Our Prisons Are In Crisis

Lord Marks | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Politics
Lord Marks

Unless the Government gets prisoner numbers down and devotes the resources necessary to getting staffing levels up, building a renewed prison estate and providing effective education, training and other purposeful activity in every prison, all they will be doing is trying to use small sticking plasters to staunch gaping wounds.

Building New Women's Prisons Does Not Make Sense

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

Ten years ago a radical change was called for in the treatment of women in the criminal justice system... This will not only change the lives of women at risk of offending and their families, but will also benefit society as a whole.

Can Prisons Be More Than 'Warehouses Of Pain'?

Graham Tomlin | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Politics
Graham Tomlin

We need to decide what prison is for. Is the emphasis on locking away those who have committed crimes, so we don't have to think about them, or is it engaging with the issues that put them there and offering skills and support to prevent them returning?

While Reform Is A Political Step Too Far There Are Safe Ways To Reduce Prison Numbers

Frances Crook | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK
Frances Crook

The elephant in the room is the one thing that she has refused to do and the one thing that will make a difference. It is the one thing that was used to hit the Sunday headlines. She has to reduce the number of prisoners. Prisons will not be safe and purposeful if they are grossly overcrowded. It will not work.

Empowering Prisoners In Africa Through Legal Education

Alexander McLean | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK
Alexander McLean

Prisoners studying law at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison, Kenya - Nate Mook Too often it is the poorest, least educated and most vulnerable who find ...

Prison Suicides And How To Stop Them

Dr Pamela Taylor | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK
Dr Pamela Taylor

Once upon a time, in 2013, in England and Wales, there were 76 people known to have died by suicide in prison. This was a higher rate of such deaths t...

Why Victims Of Crime Should Be Able To Ask The Perpetrator 'Why Me'

Lucy Jaffe | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Lucy Jaffe

I have seen first-hand how empowering restorative justice can be in giving the victim a voice and the chance to ask questions and helping address the harm caused. Restorative justice is not a soft option and does not lead to offenders escaping punishment.

To Reform Prisons, We Need To Rehabilitate Our Views Of Prisoners

Sam Mottahedan | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Sam Mottahedan

Prison is a fate reserved for others. "Wrongdoers" are deposited somewhere, relieving us of the responsibility of thinking about the issues afflicting...

Prisoners Riot And Protest For The Same Reason Anyone Else Does: Because They Are Not Being Heard

Charley Pattison | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Politics
Charley Pattison

Prisoners riot and protest for the same reason anyone else does: because they are not being heard. In the past two months riots have swept through five prisons, inmates have sawed their way out of their cells to escape and one prisoner has been stabbed to death.

In Youth Justice Reform, The Government Is Sidestepping A Local Route To Transformation

Rod Clark | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Politics
Rod Clark

Last week saw the long-awaited publication of Charlie Taylor's report on youth justice, which paints an inspiring and radical vision of the way we sho...

Authorities Regain Control Of Prison After Inmates Post Selfies During Riot

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK

Authorities have retaken control of Britain’s third largest prison after a 12-hour riot that saw prisoners post gloating selfies to social media as ...

Bringing The Inside Out

Angela Samata | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Angela Samata

I think we all have a fascination with gaining access to the forbidden, hidden places and spaces, whether they be palaces, prisons, behind the scenes ...

A Boy Who Is Prepared For Prison, Or Love And Life?

Dr Paul Wood | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Wood

I grew up as a younger brother among four boys who liked to fight. Like many before me, I received clear messages from society about what emotions a m...

Entrepreneurship Is Key To Prison Reform - So Why Doesn't Government Get It?

Maximilian Yoshioka | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Politics
Maximilian Yoshioka

Partly addressing the doubts surrounding her commitment to prison reform, last week Secretary of State for Justice Liz Truss unveiled a new White Pape...

Prisoners' Families Are At The Heart Of Rehabilitation

Corin Morgan-Armstrong | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Corin Morgan-Armstrong

When you work with offenders, I believe the most powerful way to engage and motivate is to talk about family. That is not to say that family interventions work is easy, or that it represents a magic bullet for rehabilitation. But having worked intensively on establishing Invisible Walls Wales at HMP & YOI Parc, Bridgend, the very tangible results of the project speak for themselves.

The Government's Innovative White Paper On Prison Reform

The Tartan Con | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
The Tartan Con

Understaffed prisons lead to deaths. In the last 10 years over 750 people have taken their own lives in prison and over 36,000 people have self harmed. Now if one of those deaths or one of those incidents of self harm was the result of understaffing then who do we hold culpable?

When The Only Way To Access Psychiatric Help Is In Prison

Joy Hibbins | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Joy Hibbins

It was extremely upsetting to see him in court, but I also felt relief at seeing him alive. Indeed, when we first heard that he had been arrested and was in custody, both his mum and I thought "at least he is safe now".

How Do You Prove Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Whitney Iles | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Whitney Iles

A. You don't. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AHDH) is nothing more than a professional opinion, it is not a fact. Even in the "Diagnostic...

Radical Proposals For Prison Reform

Mat Ilic | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Politics
Mat Ilic

The Secretary of State for Justice Liz Truss presented her Prison Safety and Reform White Paper this week. A full nine months in gestation (since the ...

Prison Reform: Effective Rehabilitation Makes For A Safer Society

Sally Garratt | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK
Sally Garratt

Novus welcomes the key principles within the government's prison reform, which Justice Secretary Liz Truss has described as "a blueprint for the biggest overhaul of our prisons in a generation".

Our Prisons Are Houses Of Human Misery

Andrew Neilson | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Andrew Neilson

We are glibly throwing ever more people into this river of violence, of drugs, of boredom and mental distress, and somehow magically thinking that this will make them better people. It does not.

Jacob Hill's Astonishing Journey From Entrepreneur To Prisoner And Back Again

Maximilian Yoshioka | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK
Maximilian Yoshioka

Jacob Hill is an award-winning Yorkshire based entrepreneur who founded The Lazy Camper, a company that specialises in camping gear for festivals, in ...

It's Easier For Inmates To Get Drugs Than Clean Sheets Or Clothing At This Prison

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK

It is easier to get hold of drugs than clothes or bedding at one “substandard” prison, a watchdog has found. An unannounced inspection of HMP Bedf...