UK Prisons

Have Prisons in the UK Reached Boiling Point?

Endeavour Press | Posted 17.12.2014 | 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.

Secure Colleges Demonstrate Our Ambition to Do Better for Society and for Young People

Andrew Selous | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Selous

The reality is we also have a group of youngsters who risk being left behind for good if we don't change the status quo. Is the shadow spokesman really arguing to just consign this group to rattling round the justice system, committing offences time and again until they end up as adults behind bars?

Ten Reasons Why the House of Lords Should Oppose Grayling's Flawed Secure College Plans

Dan Jarvis | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Jarvis

Earlier this year the Government unveiled plans for one of the most ill-thought through policies of this Parliament. It's called the Secure College - a new Titan prison for young offenders. It sounds good in theory. It's supposed to be a new institution that will 'transform youth custody' by prioritising learning. In reality it's a flawed, expensive and potentially dangerous idea.

Why Does It Matter If Muhammad Is the Most Popular Name in the UK?

Zarah Sultana | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Zarah Sultana

Is it too much to ask that we stop singling out Muslims, feeding into racist narratives and instead start to focus and invest our energy into more important issues?

How Soon-To-Be-Released Cop Killer Escaped Hanging By Just Months

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK

Warning: graphic details Britain's most notorious police killer Harry Roberts is to be released from prison after 48 years behind bars - despite a ...

Another Botched Execution In The States Has Horrifying Results

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK

Eyewitnesses have described the horrifying moment an Arizona inmate gasped and snorted in an execution that lasted nearly two hours. Lawyers for J...

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...

The Edgy Ambience of US Supermax Prisons

Neil Durkin | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

In certain London bars I reckon the bare monastic cell look is considered quite cutting edge. By contrast, ADX Florence is beyond cutting edge (unless it's prisoners cutting their wrists in despair). ADX Florence's ambience is an altogether bleaker affair, one which seems designed to crush people and push them right over the edge.

Two Men Escape From Open Prison

PA | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK

Two criminals have escaped from an open prison. Philip Stephenson, 33, and Gareth Robinson, 24, fled HMP Kirkham in Lancashire together yesterday. ...

Sorry Mum: Charles Bronson Auctions Art To Pay For Holiday After 'Lurpak Rumble'

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

Artwork by notorious prisoner Charles Bronson will be auctioned this month, in order to raise money for his mother to go on holiday. The sale by J...

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.

The Dutch Desperately Need More Prisoners

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK

The Dutch government is in need of more prisoners. There are now more guards and other staff than inmates in the Netherlands for the first time, ac...

Inmates Take Control Of Prison Wing

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK

More than 50 inmates reportedly took over part of a prison wing. The incident broke out at HMP Northumberland in Morpeth at around 7.30pm yesterday...

The Literary World Is Up In Arms Over New Prison Rules On Books

Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics

UPDATE: Frances Crook has issued a further statement which can be viewed below. News that prisoners have been banned from being sent books in jail ...

Future Prisoners Could Be Make To LITERALLY Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Tech

The Oxford Martin School is a wonderful place. Earlier this week one of its off-shoots delivered the wonderful prediction that all of humanity could b...

Prisoners Don't Riot in Private Prisons - They're Aggressively Resourceful

Michael Spicer | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Michael Spicer

G4S, the private security firm that sounds like a carving in a wood tree, has refused to class a riot in its Oakwood Prison as a 'riot', despite the fact that scenes one would normally associate with rioting were witnessed by prison officers such as upturned pool tables, random things being on fire and prisoners shouting 'This is a successful riot we're currently engaged in.'

Reconfiguring the Youth Justice Prison System

Rob Flello | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Rob Flello

The majority of children in custody are themselves victims of abuse... Considering the struggle many of these children have experienced so early in their short lives, it's surely not surprising that so many find themselves on a path of criminality and destruction.

Here's 6 Reasons Privatized Prisons Are A Terrible Idea

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Justice secretary Chris Grayling loves private-run prisons so much that he singled out HMP Oakwood as his favourite prison, but are they as good as mi...

More Needs to Be Done to Tackle Domestic Violence

Dan Jarvis | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Jarvis

Last year, 1.2 million women and 800,000 men reported domestic abuse, up 10% in the past three years. In the same time frame, the number of cases the police referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) fell by 13%. In essence, fewer perpetrators were stopped and more victims remain at risk.

Actions and Consequences: How Restorative Justice Can Help Victims Move On

Javed Khan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

Victim Support believes well planned restorative justice (RJ) can be so beneficial for victims. International Restorative Justice Week began on Monday with the Government announcing £29million extra funding, specifically to bolster and increase RJ provision across the UK. It's is a welcome step forward.

Time to Close the Digital Divide Between Prisons and Communities

Rod Clark | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Clark

The very existence and popularity of this blog is testament to the increasingly digital world we live in where the majority of us consume information and manage our lives on the internet. So what must it be like for people who can't get online or even on to a computer?

Should Prisoners Be Allowed Internet Access?

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK

Allowing prisoners access to computers and the internet would help with reintegration into society and reduce reoffending once they are released, acco...

The Hedge Fund Formula For Philanthropy

Andrew Law | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Andrew Law

Nowhere is this more necessary than the hedge fund sector, which has in the past often been happy for most people to remain in the dark about what it does and why. Its most successful participants have, with a few exceptions, been reluctant to talk about their business, and cautious about engaging directly in a wider social agenda.

'Ban Prisoners From Eating Meat'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK

Beef goulash, Cornish pasties and doner kebabs are all on the menu in British prisons, but if campaigners got their way, inmates would get bean burger...