UK Prisons

How Lammy Can Help Us Rethink Our Prison System

Baroness Young | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Politics
Baroness Young

Transforming our expensive and flawed prison system is one of the biggest challenges we face in Britain today and the government-backed Lammy Review - to be finally published on Friday this week - could be just the catalyst for change we need.

Don't Throw Away The Key On Our Prisons

James Hargrave | Posted 03.09.2017 | UK Politics
James Hargrave

We can no longer afford our prisons to be put on the backburner. Fixing them is the politically expedient thing to do as well as the morally right thing to do. Because when the riots start and the crime rates soar, who do you think the public are going to blame?

Time To End Prison Scheme That Stops Children Seeing Their Dads

Javed Khan | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

Children with a father in prison are often the innocent victims torn away from their dads and left counting the days until they can visit them. As i...

The Challenges Faced By A Prison Psychiatrist

Dr. Sohom Das | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK
Dr. Sohom Das

Severely psychiatrically unwell prisoners are people who, very likely, have been failed by services over and over again. They are very likely to have had horrific experiences (abuse seems to come as standard for the women, and even the men that I have assessed in prison). Sure, some of them have made poor choices and may have wronged others, and that can't be ignored. Nevertheless, for those who are too unwell to look out for themselves, we, as an apparently mature, developed society should step in and shoulder some of the responsibilities. It is not always simple; there are complications and barriers, but there are no excuses for floridly unwell psychotic prisoners to be trapped inside cells for weeks and months awaiting treatment.

5 Startling Statistics That Show Just How Chaotic Prisons Have Become

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK

Blunders and administrative errors led to record numbers of criminals being released in error from jail last year - and many WON’T have been forcibl...

Ministry Of Justice Denies Conflict Of Interest Over Prisons Contract

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK Politics

A company which has a former government adviser on its board won a £900,000 contract from the Ministry of Justice last year. Unilink, which lists ex-...

There Is Not A Single Prison In The Country Where A Child Is Safe - The State Is Failing Its Duty To Protect Children

Frances Crook | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK
Frances Crook

The evidence from Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons could not be clearer - the state is failing to its duty to protect children. There is not a single prison in the country where a child is safe. As Dr Miller told the local politicians in the 1970s: "You can have the institutions; we are taking the kids."

'Unacceptable' Levels Of Contraband Found In UK Prisons As 225kg Is Seized In One Year

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 09.07.2017 | UK

The levels of contraband found in prisons has been slammed as “unacceptable” after it was revealed that more than 200 kilograms of drugs and 13,00...

Three Reasons Why Father's Day Should Be Abolished

Jeremy Davies | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Parents
Jeremy Davies

The last thing dads need, therefore, is LESS time being hands-on parents. If dads were given a day off work on Father's Day, it might be worth celebrating. So if you're an employer who wants to keep your workforce happy, let your dads go home early on Friday...or give them a day off on Monday. Otherwise, let's see Father's Day for what it is: a wasted opportunity.

Why The New Justice Secretary Needs To Care About Prison Education

Rod Clark | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Politics
Rod Clark

When David Lidington next pays a visit to his local YOI, it will be not only as the local MP but as the Cabinet Minister with the serious responsibility of overseeing all prisons in this country. As he makes his visit, he will need to be mindful not only of the acute challenges of these environments, but of the enormous potential within them.

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,...

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...