UK Prisons

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,...

Tackling Racial Disparity In Our Prisons Starts With Building Trust

Phil Bowen | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Phil Bowen

On her first day as Prime Minister, standing on the steps of Downing Street, Theresa May said "If you're black, you are treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you're white. " She is right - as starkly demonstrated in our prisons.

American Prisons Need Reform

Ashish Prashar | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Politics
Ashish Prashar

In the last 30 years, America has become the prison capital of the world. What has propelled the land of the free to become the isle of the incarcerated is the rise of for-profit prisons. Today there are over 2.3million people behind bars, more than in China.

Self-Harm And Suicide In Prison Is Out Of Control - The Government Needs A Plan Of Action

Luciana Berger | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

Today the minister must set out a concrete plan of action to ensure that no prisoner pays the penalty of their life. It is deeds, not words, which are now needed. We can't turn back the clock for those who have already been let down by our criminal justice system, but the Government has the power to banish this pitiful period to the history books.

Prison Funding Cuts: Why Is The Arts Always The First Thing To Go?

Laura Caulfield | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Politics
Laura Caulfield

If we could remove some of the hurdles that those within the criminal justice system face in order to simply access arts-based programmes, it would free up more time for the actual programmes to be run and therefore the support to be given to those who really need it.

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...

Prison Charities Appeal For Help To Challenge Legal Aid Cuts

Gayan Samarasinghe | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Gayan Samarasinghe

In December 2013, legal aid for prisoners, including children, was cut significantly in the UK. The cuts have limited both the ability for prisoners t...

HMP Swaleside Prison Back In Control Of Authorities After Inmate Riot

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK

Authorities have control of a landing on a wing at the category B training prison on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent that had been taken over by prisoners...

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...

Why Top University Leavers Could Be Paid £20,000 To Lead A Life Behind Bars

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Failing prisons are trying to tackle soaring levels of violence, self-harm and reoffending by training top university leavers to become prison officer...

G4S Faces Huge Bill After Birmingham Prison Riot

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 17.12.2016 | UK

The private security company which runs HMP Birmingham will pay to repair damage caused by up to 600 prisoners who “took control” of two wings and...

How Bags Made From Rubbish Are Being Used To Reduce Britain's Dire Prison Reoffending Rates

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 17.12.2016 | UK

“My heart’s been in rubbish for the last 20 years,” Jane Walker tells The Huffington Post UK matter of factly. “I tend to feel like this will ...

Inmates Making So Much Money From Spice They're Deliberately Being Sent Back To Prison

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK

Former prisoners are “deliberately” ensuring they are sent back to prison because they can’t resist the huge profits on offer by selling legal h...

Liz Truss Says 'Barking Dogs Deter Drones' In Latest 'Viral' Soundbite

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK

Justice Secretary Liz Truss has baffled MPs by suggesting barking dogs could be deployed to prevent drones flying drugs into prisons. The Cabinet mini...

Prison Suicides: Emerging Crisis Shows Need For Welsh Solutions

Leanne Wood | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Politics
Leanne Wood

While we are buying presents and planning family Christmas holidays, for most of us, our minds couldn't be further away from those who are suffering or who find themselves in troubled situations. That includes all of those people who will be spending these holidays behind bars.

Record Suicide Figures Prove That, Under This Government, The Prison System Is Broken

Yasmin Qureshi | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Politics
Yasmin Qureshi

Bolder, more comprehensive policies and a greater sense of urgency are needed. The government needs to bring forward plans that will address demand on the system, retain the staff recruited and that ultimately will allow prisons to better serve society.

Our Record Prison Suicide Rate Is A National Scandal And A National Shame

Frances Crook | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK
Frances Crook

A prison regime should be built around a normal life... This is far from the reality of life in prison and there has rightly been deep public concern at reports of deaths, murders, violent attacks on prisoners and staff and the bloodbath resulting from self-injury.

Why We Must Teach Prisoners To Be Digitally Savvy

Sally Garratt | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Tech
Sally Garratt

As the needs of employers grow, it becomes even more vital to improve those skills. However, much of the infrastructure is not up to date to support the digital agenda - this is something that needs debating at the highest level.

The Waugh Zone November 16, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday, November 16… 1) GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE It’s Wednesday and the first post-Trump victory PMQs loom...

Attempted Murderer Who Escaped From Pentonville Prison Caught

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK

A convicted attempted murderer who escaped from Pentonville Prison has been caught and arrested. Matthew Baker, 28, was apprehended at an address in...

'Nurseries Of Crime' Need More Than Basic Education

Rod Clark | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Politics
Rod Clark

Justice Secretary Liz Truss and her Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah are both former Education Ministers and proud of it. So how strongly does that commitment to education show through in their latest major announcements on prison reform?

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?

The Waugh Zone November 2, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday, November 2… 1) MAX HEADROOM No.10 revealed to us yesterday that Philip Hammond had briefed th...

Debating Behind Bars Reveals Wasted Talents and Lost Opportunities

Natalie Bennett | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

There should be many more, steps like this, much more action to make our prisons useful, rehabilitative places. But what is also needed is far more useful steps outside prisons, to set young lives on different paths.

Radicalisation In British Prisons: Innovation, Not Isolation

Nour Kobayter | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK
Nour Kobayter

Can prisons effectively challenge extremist perspectives, or do they incubate and encourage them to spread? How should we deal those who, like Choudary, are able to persuade and recruit individuals towards an extremist, and in some cases violent, mindset?