UK Prison

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.

Away From the Boardroom, Business Brains Can Transform Lives

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK
Jonathan Freeman

In recent months, there seems to have been an increase in the frequency with which the word 'mentor' is cropping up in policy documents and boardroom ...

Why the Duchess of Cambridge Met Addicted Prisoners

Mike Trace | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK
Mike Trace

In her first ever visit to a prison, the Duchess of Cambridge today visited Send Prison in Surrey to view the RAPT addiction treatment programme. This is a huge honour for us - we are flattered that the Duchess has chosen to come and look at how we help women prisoners to confront and overcome addiction to drugs and alcohol, and to build a positive and crime free life.

People Could Use Drones To Smuggle Guns And Drugs Into Prisons

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK

The use of drones with the potential to drop drugs and firearms into prisons, is an “emerging threat”, an intelligence expert has warned. Accor...

Shawshank-Style Prison Escape Went Very Badly Wrong For This Brazilian Inmate...

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK

If you've ever wondered about how to escape prison, it's probably not the best idea to follow this guy's example... Maycon Souza da Silva was attem...

Create the Space to Do What Matters

Dr Paul Wood | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK
Dr Paul Wood

As part of my commitment to giving back to society and acknowledging all the help I received from people over the years, I try to make the time to speak to inmates about what made a difference for me when it comes to changing my life and integrating back into society.

Prisoners Release Rap Video From Their Birmingham Jail Cell

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Steven Hopkins | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK

Two prisoners at HMP Birmingham have filmed a rap video on a mobile phone from behind bars to promote their album on iTunes. Demehl Thomas and Moy...

Taking No Prisoners

Steve Bugeja | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Comedy
Steve Bugeja

Perhaps we just scrap prison all together and kill anyone who breaks the law, saving on expensive admin. Here are some more innovative (ill thought out) ideas I've come up with to make prisons more effective and cheaper...

Looking for Cure and Regeneration

James Langstaff | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK
James Langstaff

The churches, Christian charities and countless Christian people already involved in many ways look forward to a healthy and robust engagement with Gove and his colleagues. As he knows well, we are already significantly involved and we continue to stand ready to play our part to the full. I hear the genuineness of his intent, and I hold him in my prayers.

Armed Robber Mistakenly Released From Prison Taunts Police With On-The-Run Selfies

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK

A robber who armed himself with a 2ft machete during a heist has been mistakenly released from prison and is taunting police by posing for pictures wh...

Astonishing CCTV Shows Drug Lord Strolling Casually Out Of Mexico's Most Secure Jail

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK

The moment that notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmanbroke free from prison has been caught on CCTV. Footage shows how the Sinaloa cartle...

Ex-Ukip MEP sentenced to five years in jail for expenses fraud

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Politics

A former Ukip MEP has been jailed for five years after claiming almost half a million pounds in bogus expenses from the European Parliament. Ashley...

Mega Prison For Teenagers Scrapped

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics

A proposed mega prison for teenagers is being scrapped on cost grounds, the Government confirmed today. The 320-bed ‘Secure College’ was expect...

Yes Rolf Harris, We Can Tell What You Are - You Are a Remorseless Child Abuser

Will Black | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Will Black

Harris may be released from prison before he dies, but I would suggest his rehabilitation has much further to go if he doesn't recognise that the public sees him as a child abuser first and foremost. He was never much of an artist anyway and nobody wants to listen to a sex attacker smearing his victims.

Celebrity S**ts in Bucket / Prisons in Crisis

Georgia Brown | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Georgia Brown

My dad is in maximum-security prison after an unreliable career in armed robbery. He already served ten-years and was finally promoted to an open prison - you know the ones - the kind we reserve for our white-collar criminals like celebrity politicians Jeffrey Archer and Jonathan Aitken. Annoyingly my dad didn't write a best seller in the last few months of his stretch...