UK Prison

A New Entrepreneurial Force for Ex-Offenders and Those in Recovery From Addiction

Will Prochaska | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Will Prochaska

Chris Grayling's announcement of the

Bureaucratic Consequences: Chris Grayling's Book Ban and the Failings of Policy

Rosie Olliver | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Politics
Rosie Olliver

Chris Grayling doesn't know what's going on. Some might argue that this is true generally, but I'm talking about the "book ban". He didn't mean for it to happen, he didn't intend to deprive prisoners, and he doesn't have a good answer to the criticism that's being levelled at him. And the fuss is part of a wider and even more concerning issue.

Milly Dowler Killer Wins £4,500 Payout For Prison Attack

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK

The serial killer who murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler has been awarded a £4,500 payout after being assaulted in prison. The Ministry of Justice s...

Why the Prison Book Ban Will Lead to Higher Levels of Reoffending

Sally Hunt | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Sally Hunt

The evidence shows that prison education works and is effective in cutting reoffending. Our prisons should focus on that positive and be geared towards making education more accessible. Books are a key building block of education and vital in efforts to cut reoffending rates.

Imprisonment for Public Protection Is a Stain on Our Justice System

Juliet Lyon | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Juliet Lyon

It is shaming to have so many people locked up in our prisons, not for what they have done but for what they might do in the future. This is not to mention the costs to the public purse of holding thousands of people in prison beyond their tariff expiry date.

Chris Huhne's Release From Prison 'Undermined Confidence' In Justice System, Says Ex-Police Minister

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Politics

Chris Huhne's early release from prison undermined confidence in the British justice system, David Cameron's former police minister has said. Conse...

Do Women Get A Rougher Deal When They Commit Crime?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK

Women find themselves demonised by society for committing a crime, to a far greater extent than men, according to Vicky Pryce, the ex-wife of former m...

Crime Figures Reach 32-Year Low

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Crime against households and adults in England and Wales fell 10% in the year to September, official figures have revealed, the lowest level since the...

Immigration Detainee With Dementia 'Died In Handcuffs'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

An 84-year-old immigration detainee - who was suffering from dementia - was taken to hospital in handcuffs and died while still in restraints, inspect...

Are 100-Year Prison Sentences Really the Answer?

Megan Hughes | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

Last Thursday, David Cameron came out in favour of a "life means life" approach to prison sentences. This seems to be the latest in a stream of exercises in vote poaching, and yet another of the Prime Minister's populist attempts at pandering to widespread right-wing sympathies.

'100-Year Sentence' Dodges Euro-Law

PA/Huffingtonpost | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Murderers and those convicted of other serious offences could be given sentences lasting hundreds of years to sidestep European regulations that ban w...

Plans to Move 18-20s to Adult Prisons Must Be Based on Evidence

Rod Clark | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Clark

Research shows that young adults have the largest potential to change their lives and "grow out of crime", but inappropriate interventions can halt this desistance process. In addition, this group are likely to require more one-to-one support in the adult estate where they may be more vulnerable due to their age and maturity to prevent violence or self-harm.

"The Promise That Human Beings Can Change for the Better": Nelson Mandela - The World's Most Famous Prisoner Learner

Rod Clark | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK
Rod Clark

It is a little known fact that during his 27 years of imprisonment Nelson Mandela studied a law degree as a distance learning student with the University of London. Although none, as far as I am aware, of the many prisoner distance learners we funded have become a president; thousands have used the opportunity of education in prison to change for the better.

In Out, In Out, Smoking All About

Nick Abbot | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Abbot

The problem of drugs in society will not be solved by allowing drugs in prison, but it might make the time go more quickly for the inmates and it might make the job easier for the guards. And if it is true that drugs are as easily available inside as a latte is on the outside, then that rather makes the "War On Drugs" even more unlikely ever to be won...

'This Is Wolverhampton, Not Saudi Arabia'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK

A prison has introduced a strict dress code - for visitors. HMP Oakwood's directive was compared to Saudi Arabia by prison reform campaigners, who ...

Time to Close the Digital Divide Between Prisons and Communities

Rod Clark | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Clark

The very existence and popularity of this blog is testament to the increasingly digital world we live in where the majority of us consume information and manage our lives on the internet. So what must it be like for people who can't get online or even on to a computer?

Titan Prisons Creeping by Stealth Across England and Wales

Juliet Lyon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Juliet Lyon

Under pressure of budget cuts and economies of scale, prisons are getting fewer and larger, with a drive to close small community and open prisons, build larger jails and add additional capacity to existing establishments. Since 2010 there have been 13 prison closures and a further six still to come.

WATCH: Cannabis Cat Is Unmasked As A Drug Mule

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK

A crafty cat has been caught smuggling cannabis into a Moldovan prison – via bags tied to his collar. The grey and white feline aroused suspicio...

Murderers Lose Battle To Vote In Prison

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK

Peter Chester and George McGeoch, two convicted murderers, have lost their battle for the right to vote in prison. Prime Minister David Cameron sa...

'I'm Preparing Myself For A Long Sentence'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK

A British journalist, held in prison in Russia after being arrested during a Greenpeace protest, has said he is preparing himself for a long sentence....

Baby P's Mother To Be Released On Parole

The Huffington Post | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Baby P's mother is set to walk free from prison within days after serving just six years. Tracey Connelly was jailed indefinitely with a minimum of...

Terrorists And Child Rapist Must Serve Full Prison Terms

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK

Child rapists and terrorists will no longer be automatically released at the half-way point of their prison sentence. In addition, criminals who recei...

Woolwich Suspects DENY Murder Of Lee Rigby

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK

The Woolwich murder suspects have sensationally both denied the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby. Appearing via videolink at the Old Bailey, Michael Ad...

'They Were Both Horrendously Calm'

The Huffington Post/UK | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK

Two prison inmates accused of murdering a convicted killer seemed "horrendously calm" while locked in a cell with his body, a trained siege negotiator...

'These Guinea Pigs Have Been Living It Up For Sometime'

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK

Prison officials organised an emergency motorised mercy dash in a prison escort vehicle so that a sick guinea pig could get treatment from a vet. Admi...