UK Prison

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...

No Home, No Chance: Lack Of Housing Stops Women From Turning Their Lives Around On Release From Prison

Jenny Earle | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK
Jenny Earle

This week the Prison Reform Trust and Women in Prison published a new report. It found that a chronic shortage of safe and stable housing for women leaving prison is leading to more crime, more victims and greater use of unnecessary and expensive imprisonment. Six in ten women leaving prison may not have a home to go to on release, and recent prison inspectorate reports suggest that the situation may be getting worse. Vulnerable women, desperate to secure a safe place to stay, are being deemed intentionally homeless and not in priority need. For some, getting sent back to prison seems like the only solution.

Record Number Of Prisoner Murders Show Jails Are A 'Toxic Mix Of Violence, Death And Misery'

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Politics

Prisons are now a “toxic mix of violence, death and human misery” because of overcrowding and cuts to frontline staff, justice experts warned toda...

Beyond Bars: Taking Prisoners Seriously

Nadia Butt | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK
Nadia Butt

Debating Matters Beyond Bars was something positive to focus on with real meaning and purpose. I have no proof that this will have an impact on the rehabilitative agenda and reduce reoffending rates. However, I am certain that there needs to be a concerted effort to provide more opportunities like ours to remind them that their voices do matter.

Dads Rock in Prison

Thomas Lynch | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents
Thomas Lynch

Time and time again research shows us that children need their fathers, their grandfathers. Where there is love there is hope and the ability to continue to have strong, positive relationships no matter what barriers are in place. I see the love and hope every week, it flows through the barred windows and the cast iron doors. There is humour, there is tension, there is opportunity for the dads to be more and be better.

The Nelson Mandela Rules: A Fitting Tribute

Juliet Lyon | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK
Juliet Lyon

"It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens,...

Shackled Inmates In Prison Break To Save Unconscious Guard

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
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It was a daring jailbreak but not quite as we know it. Prison CCTV footage has revealed eight shackled inmates breaking through a locked door… to co...

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...