UK Prison

Mental Ill Health Should Be Neither A Cause Or Result Of Contact With The Criminal Justice System - But It Is

Dr Onkar Sahota | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Onkar Sahota

Mental health is rightly moving up the agenda in London. The Mayor of London has launched Thrive LDN, a city-wide movement, to raise awareness and challenge the stigmatisation of mental health issues. But does it ignore offenders and ex-offenders?

Keeping Safe

Juliet Lyon | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK
Juliet Lyon

In many instances, making the changes suggested by people in prison does not require legislation - but, rather, operational adjustments and attitudinal shifts. Having been relegated in recent years, safer custody is back as a top priority for Ministers and remains so for managers. There is an overarching need for consistency and accountability. How much better to be wise before the event and keep people safe rather than to have to promise yet again to learn lessons from another tragic death in custody.

Time To End Prison Scheme That Stops Children Seeing Their Dads

Javed Khan | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

Children with a father in prison are often the innocent victims torn away from their dads and left counting the days until they can visit them. As i...

'Unfair' Prison Rules 'Punish' Children For Their Father's Behaviour, Claims Barnardo's

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK Parents

Thousands of children are being denied time with their fathers, due to prison rules that tie entitlement to family visits to male inmates’ behaviour...

Before I Am A Prisoner, I Am A Mother

Michaela Booth | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK Parents
Michaela Booth

Before I am anything else, I am a mother. My daughter is my pride and joy. She is beautiful inside and out, a huge animal lover, a comedian, only child who is spoilt rotten but would give her favourite toy or teddy to anyone who is less fortunate than she is.

Kenyan Elections Provide Unlikely Source of Hope For Prison Reform

Alexander McLean | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Politics
Alexander McLean

Just hearing the word 'election' again might be enough to make you shudder, especially if you're a UK voter. Or US citizen. But this week Kenya faces a close-run Presidential Election which could have a broader impact on us all.

The Targeting Of Iran's Religious Minorities Throws The President's Reformist Claims Into Doubt

Kiri Kankhwende | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK
Kiri Kankhwende

Hassan Rouhani is officially beginning his second term as president of Iran after emphatically defeating a populist, hard-line opponent who is thought...

Ministers Should Take The Sun's Advice And Reduce Prison Numbers

Peter Dawson | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics
Peter Dawson

The national shame of a prison system now so far from the standards of a civilised country should prompt the Justice Secretary for England and Wales to reassess that craven assumption on public attitudes towards sentencing. One of his predecessors, Mr Gove, made much of a visit to Texas to see de-carceration in action - a short flight to Edinburgh might be both cheaper and more instructive.

How Can Prisons In Crisis Help People In Crisis?

Peter Dawson | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK
Peter Dawson

Prisons will always have to care for people who are suffering from a range of mental health conditions. Imprisonment will always do damage, and will always make recovery from mental illness harder. But why should we expect prisons to have to rise to that challenge for people who will spend only a few days or weeks inside, and in institutions that have space for only a fraction of the human beings they are asked to hold?

The Silent Cleansing Of Black Men From Society

Dr Zubaida Haque | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK
Dr Zubaida Haque

The state has written off the chances of black men achieving life success to the best of their potential and the unfairness is deafening; the government has set up a Social Mobility Commission to address the lack of transition in schools, jobs and society for people from poor backgrounds, but has done little to nothing for black boys, even though a quarter of black people are from deprived backgrounds.

Why It's Important To Celebrate International Children's Day Every Day

Javed Khan | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

We support these children through services ranging from work in schools, where youngsters learn it's okay to talk and ask for help, to trauma focused practice. Through all our work we make them realise there is help out there, not just on International Children's Day but every day.

The Need For A Rehabilitation Revolution In Prison Mental Health

Peter Jones | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK
Peter Jones

Community over custody Those who end up in custody with mental health issues are often not criminals; they are human beings let down by a failing men...

Redeeming Prisons

Graham Tomlin | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Politics
Graham Tomlin

Some while ago I decided to spend this Holy Week with those who regularly experience the things Jesus did during his final week - prisoners, refugees,...

The Prison Library: Often Overlooked, Yet Crucial In Reform And Rehabilitation

Basit Mahmood | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK
Basit Mahmood

Prisons have been in the news recently, the focus usually being on problems such as rioting, overcrowding and the need for new super-prisons to accomm...

The Government Must Continue To Champion The Key Role Education Plays In Prison Rehabilitation

Ben Rochelle | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Politics
Ben Rochelle

The Government's passion for prisoner rehabilitation and redemption cannot be lost. Through redesigning our prisons, giving more power to governors and increasing the number of prison staff and above all making education and skills central to the prison experience the Government will see the reoffending rate fall and more stable communities emerge. As individual lives are turned around we will see benefits for the economy, families and society.

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...