UK Prison

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...

Tackling the Cycle of Re-offending, Addiction and Mental Health

Mike Trace | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK
Mike Trace

Today's prison reform announcement from the Prime Minister comes at an important time for prisons, that have been facing increasing pressures for many years. As the departing Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick, put it - never before has drug use in prisons been such a significant threat to their security or to the chance of true rehabilitation for offenders.

Islamic Extremists 'Preying' On Weak Prisoners, Warns Cameron

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron warned on Monday tackling Islamic extremism is the "new front" in prisons, as he set out plans to reform the jail system. Speaking in...

From Inmates to Entrepreneurs

Maximilian Yoshioka | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Politics
Maximilian Yoshioka

In a society where freelancing and entrepreneurship are transforming the nature of work, those disadvantaged vis-à-vis conventional employment (such as ex-offenders) have the most to gain.

Hope for Prison Reform

James Timpson | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK
James Timpson

We can't keep locking up 85,000 people today knowing that hardly any of them will manage to find work and that around 50% of them will be back in again within a year of release. There are currently too many people in prison, and we have a system that seems to keep bringing them back there time and time again--that has to stop. Prison reform means fewer prisons and better prisoners.

Goals: 'Why' Is Often More Important Than 'How'

Dr Paul Wood | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK
Dr Paul Wood

When confronted with forks in the road, with choices that could provide temporary respite, ease and gratification, or lead to the tough work my goals required...I could ask myself the crucial guiding question...what would someone like me, someone with these values, do in this situation?

Exploring Emotion and Mothering From Prison ...

Helen Crewe | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK
Helen Crewe

There have been two recent discussion papers focussed solely on mothers and prison in the UK namely 'Sentencing of Mothers: Improving the Sentencing P...

Steven Avery Claims Evidence Against Him Was 'Fruit Of The Poisonous Tree' In Fresh Appeal

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK

Steven Avery, the subject of the Netflix series 'Making A Murderer', has submitted a fresh appeal against his murder conviction claiming that one juro...

Babies in Prison

Helen Crewe | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK
Helen Crewe

The existence of babies in prison can be traced to the earliest types of prison. There is evidence of a baby born in a prison in the 18th century in England and Wales. Across the world prisons included nurseries in the early 20th century, however over the past few years there has been a more punitive approach.

This Man Has Slashed Steven Avery's Chances Of Prison Release

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK

The only person who could allow Steven Avery a reprieve from prison has delivered some disappointing news for the convict. Governor of Wisconsin S...