UK Prisons

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...

What Is Really to Be Gained From Banning Smoking in Prison?

Arthur Taylor | Posted 01.08.2015 | UK
Arthur Taylor

You should also ask some of your long serving prison guards what they think of a ban - but don't do it when they might suffer retaliation from their political masters, or you won't get the truth. I've no doubt they would unanimously oppose a ban, they know what the real effects of a ban will be - listen to them.

Horrific 'Fight Club' Videos Leaked From New Zealand Prison Show Inmates Violently Brawling

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK

The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club. That is, until someone leaks footage of you up to your neck in it. Prison f...

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.

Prisons For Sale - All Mod Cons

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh and Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Politics

'Inner city' prisons on lucrative real estate sites are to be closed and sold off, Michael Gove has announced. In a move that will have London deve...

Michael Gove Wants To Teach Prisoners 'A Proper Lesson'

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK

Michael Gove is set to float the idea of introducing a link between a prisoner's commitment to education and their release date in a bid to overturn h...

Brutal Videos Capture Real Life Fight Club In British Owned Prison

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK

Story contains graphic content Gang members are staging their own jailhouse fight club and then uploading mobile video footage to YouTube in a Serc...

Changing Prisons - Saving Lives

Vera Baird QC | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK
Vera Baird QC

Some truisms exist for many years yet nobody acts upon them. Then along comes an avalanche of evidence that proves the case and the argument's time ha...

From Prisoner to Professional: How I Became the Man I Am Today

Dr Paul Wood | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Dr Paul Wood

I am authentic in the life I live now as a mindset coach, a speaker, a father, a son, a friend, a partner. I will always live with my past and I do this not by pretending that it does not exist. I carry my story because it exists, not as a burden, but as an acceptance of who I am now and where I have been.

It's Time to Halve the Prison Population

Norman Lamb | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

There can be no other area of public policy, with the exception of the related issue of drugs reform, where establishment politicians so readily bang the drum for the exact opposite of any evidence-based solution. Our prisons clearly fail to rehabilitate: half of those released reoffend within a year, including six in ten of those on sentences of less than twelve months. Liberal Democrats must lead the call for drastic and urgent action to reduce crime, protect victims more effectively, help criminals turn their lives around and protect taxpayers money: we must push for a Ministry of Justice target to halve the prison population by 2025.

Say Goodbye To The Human Rights Act Now The Tories Are In Charge

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics

Michael Gove, the new Justice Secretary, is wasting no time pushing forward with controversial Tory plans to scrap the Human Rights Act. Gove has r...

This Is What Freedom Looks Like After 30 Years On Death Row

AP | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK

A man freed after 30 years on death row has said those who convicted him of double murder will "answer to God" after the sole piece of evidence agains...

How Not to Be a Victim of Life: The Clink

Jojo Furnival | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

My waiter, the chefs and all the guys at The Clink HMP Brixton appear to be smart, courteous, well trained and as suited to the job as any restaurant staff I've come across. But more than that, they have an air of hope about them.

British Young Men Face a Dim Future If We Don't Change Our Society

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nicholas Mazzei

By excluding and ignoring young men, we are damaging our society as a whole. We should be moving towards a more equal society and not obsessed with the past. It is about time we move past gender and begin to look at people for who they are. Until women are willing to do this as equally as men should, there will always be an imbalance which damages our society.

Have Prisons in the UK Reached Boiling Point?

Endeavour Press | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Endeavour Press

Britain's prisons, unless we're lucky, could possibly give the government a pre-Christmas present they wouldn't like at all. Violence, self-harm and suicide are rising exponentially, and a system that's been creaking at the seams for years is like a boiler with a screwed-down safety valve. If it finally blows, the result could be catastrophic.