UK Prisons

Unless Government Focuses on Prison Officers, Reforms Will Fail

Diane James MEP | Posted 14.02.2016 | UK Politics
Diane James MEP

When he announced a series of 'fanfare' prison reforms this week, it seems that the Prime Minister David Cameron woke up to the reality that his Government's austerity cuts have had a detrimental effect on the UK prison system.

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...

Prisons Can Work - But Let Us In to Help!

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK
Jonathan Freeman

Prisons are necessary. But we must ensure that we as a society do everything possible to keep people out of prisons in the first place. And we must ensure that truly effective support is available to the vast majority of offenders who would much rather have a regular job to support them and their families. That means that prisons must welcome with open arms those organisations and companies willing to help offenders back in to society.

5 Countries Proving Prisons Can Work To Benefit Everyone

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK

David Cameron has committed to reform Britain's prison system by the end of the year. In an address on Monday, the first by a prime minister to fo...

Cameron's Prison Visit Got Very Awkward When He Was Given This Message

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK

Here's a sight some of his fiercest critics will be pleased with - David Cameron behind bars. The Prime Minister was visiting HMP Onley ahead of a...

A New Study Links Homelessness to Imprisonment

Helen Crewe | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK
Helen Crewe

The majority of research which links homeless and imprisonment focuses on women leaving prison. The prison service has recognised within their policy documents that issues relate to having or maintaining a house to return to.

Prison Officers Hospitalised After Inhaling Inmates' Legal Highs

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK

Prison officers are falling ill after inhaling "legal highs" used by inmates and have had to seek hospital treatment for "crushing" chest pains and di...

Drugs and Women in Prison

Helen Crewe | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK
Helen Crewe

Problem-solving courts The current Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove has announced that a team has been set up to investigate how to establish problem-so...

New Year but Is This Really a New Era for Women in Prison?

Helen Crewe | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK
Helen Crewe

Over the past few years it has been widely publicised that imprisonment for women should be the last resort and the criminal justice system is not the place to support women who have complex health, social and welfare needs. What will the New Year, new inspector and new era for women in prison mean?

Baby P's Mother Is Staying In Jail Because She's Still A Danger To The Public

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK

The mother of Baby P is still a danger to the public and should not be freed from jail in the new year, Parole Board chiefs have ruled. Tracey Conn...

Mental Health Care in Prisons Must Improve

Danny Bowman | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

The prison services in the United Kingdom have over 85,000 inmates. With just under 82,000 of them being men with women making up around 4000 of the prison population.

Here's The Bad News The Government Is Trying To Bury Today

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Politics

The Government has come under fire for attempting to “bury bad news” and avoid scrutiny by making scores of announcements on the last day Parliame...

Lee Rigby's Killer Is Suing For Having His Teeth Knocked Out In Jail

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK

One of the men who brutally killed Fusilier Lee Rigby is suing for compensation two years after his teeth were knocked out during an incident in high-...

Five Shocking Facts About the Cost of Private Female Prisons

Helen Crewe | Posted 06.12.2015 | UK
Helen Crewe

HMP Bronzefield and HMP Peterborough were purpose built private prisons and have run according to PFI contracts since 2005. In general PFI contracts have been criticised for not ensuring value for money and in prisons there have been problems such as a high turnover of staff, low pay and in-experienced staff (Prison Reform Trust, 2005).

The Spending Review Must Deliver Better Outcomes From Public Services, Not Just Reduce Costs

Elizabeth Crowhurst | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Politics
Elizabeth Crowhurst

If the Chancellor remains committed to getting "the best value for money for taxpayers", he must measure public organisations on their ability to deliver the right sort of outcomes at the right price. Only then will Departments be able to meet the demands of the current Parliament and the upcoming Spending Review.

Trans Woman Who Said She Would Kill Herself If Sent To Male Prison Found Dead In Jail

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK

A 21-year-old transgender woman has been found dead in jail, after she reportedly told friends she would kill herself if sent to the all-male prison s...

Early Decisions Suggest the Government Isn't Prepared to Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is on Prison Reform

Jenny Chapman | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Politics
Jenny Chapman

George Osborne and Michael Gove have shown that they are not averse to adopting Labour's policies where it suits their image as one nation conservatives. We are more than prepared to work cross-party to achieve change, if that is their genuine intent. But as is too often true with this Government, this seems another case of rhetoric not being reflected in reality.

Here's Photographic Proof Britain's Antiquated Victorian Prisons Need Replacing

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK

Nine new prisons are to be built in an effort to combat high levels of re-offending and modernise ageing facilities, the government has announced. ...

Following the Evidence to Reduce Reoffending

Jerry Petherick | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Jerry Petherick

From Texas to Tasmania, penal systems around the world are asking profound questions about the purpose of prisons and the balance that society demands between punishment and rehabilitation.

Restaurant Staffed By Prisoners Is Giving Top Chefs A Run For Their Money

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK

Top chefs such as Raymond Blanc and Michel Roux Jr may not be used to competing with convicted criminals for awards - but an innovative new scheme is ...

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 ...

Prisoner Cut Off His Penis And Flushed It Down The Toilet

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK

A prisoner cut off his penis and attempted to flush it down the toilet, it has been revealed. The male detainee was found bleeding by prison staff...

It Didn't Take Much Bribing To Get The Strangeways Prison Protester Down

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK

A prisoner who scaled the roof of Strangeways jail has ended his three-day protest after prison wardens bribed him down with the offer of a 12 inch pi...

Pensioner Prisoners - New Regimes for an Aging Population

Jerry Petherick | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK
Jerry Petherick

The prison population, in common with the rest of the UK, is aging. Recent figures show that in 2002 just over one in 20 prisoners was aged 50 or ove...

Inmate At Centre Of Extraordinary Legal Battle Warns Prison Smoking Ban Will Spark Violence And Suicides

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 01.08.2015 | UK

Authorities in Australia thought they were "very ready" for a smoking ban to kick-in at a remand prison in the state of Victoria on July 1. The ba...