UK Prison

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...

Prisoners Riot And Protest For The Same Reason Anyone Else Does: Because They Are Not Being Heard

Charley Pattison | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Politics
Charley Pattison

Prisoners riot and protest for the same reason anyone else does: because they are not being heard. In the past two months riots have swept through five prisons, inmates have sawed their way out of their cells to escape and one prisoner has been stabbed to death.

In Youth Justice Reform, The Government Is Sidestepping A Local Route To Transformation

Rod Clark | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Politics
Rod Clark

Last week saw the long-awaited publication of Charlie Taylor's report on youth justice, which paints an inspiring and radical vision of the way we sho...

Authorities Regain Control Of Prison After Inmates Post Selfies During Riot

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK

Authorities have retaken control of Britain’s third largest prison after a 12-hour riot that saw prisoners post gloating selfies to social media as ...

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?