UK Prison

An 'Unreasonable and Irresponsible' Plan - The House of Lords Slams Government Plans for Children's Super-Prisons

Paola Uccellari | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Politics
Paola Uccellari

Last week the House of Lords considered the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill as it makes its way through parliament. There are a number of controversial aspects of this Bill - mandatory prison sentences for knife crimes have caught the public's attention. Plans to change the rules on judicial review have got Peers, lawyers and children's charities very worried.

Bedlam Behind Bars - The Brutal Truth

Lucy Roberts | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Roberts

There is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health issues, and some people still do not believe it exists... but the truth is, it does. Whether you believe prisoners get things too easy, there's no denying that any illness needs to be treated whether that be physical or mental.

Summer of Sports Is a Missed Opportunity for Prisoners

Rod Clark | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Clark

My fear is that the summer of sport will only be seen as the distraction that was hoped (I earnestly hope successfully) to prevent a summer of violence and disorder that comes when prisoners are just locked up and left to fail.

Prisoner 'Gouges Out Own Eyes In Protest Over Heat In Jail Cell'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK

An investigation has been launched after a prisoner reportedly gouged his eyes out, apparently in protest at the sweltering conditions inside his cell...

John Oliver Tackles America's Prison Problem

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Comedy

Nearly one in 100 Americans is behind bars - no, really - and as John Oliver points out, many are there on drug charges, and "our drug laws do seem to...

Seeking Asylum Is a Human Right, Not a Crime

Maurice Wren | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Maurice Wren

Imagine a country where, at the stroke of a pen and without any recourse to a judge, a faceless Government official can deprive someone of their liberty and, at the stroke of a pen, consign them indefinitely to what to all intents and purposes is a prison, without them having being charged with or convicted of any crime. That country is Britain. And if you thought that this use of state power was characteristic only of dictatorships or tyrannies, then think again, as it's happening here, on our doorstep, under our noses, without any fuss and certainly without any publicity.

Ned Simons

Probation Staff Randomly Privatised With Names 'Picked Out Of A Hat'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Politics

Justice secretary Chris Grayling has been accused of ignoring warnings that probation officers have been forced out of the public sector Probation Ser...

The Plight of Female Migrants in the UK

Jacqueline McKenzie | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK
Jacqueline McKenzie

For many of the women who take these chances for better work or education, prison, or sometimes detention centres, can be a terrifying ordeal. With a lack of family presence and a very likely language and culture barrier, getting the right advice or support can be almost impossible for foreign national women,

New Figures Reveal Damaging Impacts of Drastic Cuts on Prisons

Juliet Lyon | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Juliet Lyon

Rocketing prison numbers, a shocking surge in assaults and deaths by suicide in custody, fewer staff, less constructive activity and unacceptably high reconviction rates are the flashing warning lights that Ministers must heed.

Why Did Charles Bronson Take On 12 Prison Guards Whilst Smeared In Lurpak?

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK

UPDATE Sorry Mum: Charles Bronson Auctions Art To Pay For Holiday After 'Lurpak Rumble' A prisoner dubbed Britain’s most violent smeared himself ...

Prisoners Families Are the Invisible Victims of Crime

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK
Jasmine Dotiwala

There's always so much focus on how much prisons cost the tax payer, whether inmates should have access to TV and reading material and prison rehabilitation programs.

Islamic Radicalisation In Prisons A 'Significant Threat'

PA | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK

The head of the prison and probation service has described the threat of Islamic radicalisation behind bars as significant. Speaking to BBC Panoram...

Clegg Warns Mandatory Prison Sentences Won't Work

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has dismissed calls by Britain's top policeman for tougher knife crime sentences insisting innocent people could end up in jail. The dep...

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

Will Prochaska | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK
Will Prochaska

Chris Grayling's announcement of the

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

Rosie Olliver | Posted 13.06.2014 | 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 25.05.2014 | 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 14.05.2014 | 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.