UK Prisons

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?

Training Manual To Help Prisons Tackle Islamic Extremism Is Woefully Out Of Date

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK

Islamist extremists are set to be held in separate prison units, after an inquiry revealed that inmates were acting as “self-styled emirs” behind ...

Dads Rock in Prison

Thomas Lynch | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents
Thomas Lynch

Time and time again research shows us that children need their fathers, their grandfathers. Where there is love there is hope and the ability to continue to have strong, positive relationships no matter what barriers are in place. I see the love and hope every week, it flows through the barred windows and the cast iron doors. There is humour, there is tension, there is opportunity for the dads to be more and be better.

Prison Governor Hospitalised After 'Unprovoked' Beating By Inmate

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK

A prison governor was hospitalised after being beaten by an inmate in an “unprovoked” attack. Paul Cawkwell, governor of HMP Wayland in Norfolk, w...

Drug Policy Is Crucial to Prison Reform

George McBride | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
George McBride

Over the upcoming weeks and months VolteFace are travelling around the country and working with the people at the core of these good practices to develop alternative policies to improve prison safety. If the reforms are to be successful, it is essential that members of the prison service are supported with the expertise of those who already work to reduce drug-related harms in wider society.

The Conservative Record on Justice

Richard Burgon | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Burgon

My priority as Shadow Justice Secretary will be to put forward a credible plan for publicly funded legal advice which takes as its starting point the needs of our society. This will be the foundation upon which our Party delivers true access to justice for all.

Our Justice System Lets Young People Down - Here's How to Fix It

Mat Ilic | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK
Mat Ilic

A criminal record shouldn't be synonymous with a future without opportunity. The justice secretary talks about 'forgiveness' and 'redemption'. It is in our public interest to build both a criminal justice system which rehabilitates, and a society which gives second chances. All we need now is greater public interest, to help drive this revolution - let's end youth offending altogether.

Notes of Caution as We Celebrate Prison Education Reform

Rod Clark | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Politics
Rod Clark

The route to achieving improvements to prisoner education is hedged with risks and pitfalls. But it is the right journey to be embarking on, and Dame Sally's vision for a prison system with education at the heart is a great way to start. I, and the rest of PET, looks forward to working to support prison governors, officers, teachers and prisoners themselves every step of the way.

The Government Must Address the Rates of Violence, Self-harm and Suicide in Our Prisons

Bob Neill | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Politics
Bob Neill

The Government has announced an ambitious penal reform agenda, the detail of which will become more apparent after the Queen's Speech this Wednesday. However, with all the best will in the world, the impact of these new reforms will be stunted if the fundamentals are not corrected first.

The Scandal of Mental Health in Prisons That Michael Gove Is Failing to Tackle

Luciana Berger | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

Today's Justice Select Committee report into safety in Britain's prisons reveals a crisis in mental health, with rising levels of self-harm, drug abuse and suicide. A few weeks ago, prison officers at Wormwood Scrubs walked out because they could not guarantee safety for themselves or the prisoners. Yet Justice Secretary Michael Gove seems incapable of action.

Prisons Are 'Awash' With Synthetic Cannabis And People Are Dying As A Result

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK

Synthetic cannabis is having an unprecedented and destabilising impact on prisons, according to the chief inspector of prisons. An officers' union has...

Women Leaving London Prison Handed Tents And Sleeping Bags Because Of Housing Crisis

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK

Women have been given tents and sleeping bags when they were released from prison with nowhere to go, a watchdog has revealed. Thanks to a shortage in...

Report On Rat-Infested, Overcrowded London Prison 'Covered Up' Details On Conditions

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK

The Government has been accused of "toning down" and "covering-up" a scathing report into one of Britain's most infamous jails that was found to be ov...

Muslim Ex-Prisoner Says Guards Routinely Called Him A Terrorist For 'Banter'

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 26.03.2016 | UK

A Muslim ex-prisoner says he was regularly called a ‘terrorist’ by jail staff and viewed with suspicion because of his religion, as a report claim...

Transforming the Lives of Women in Trouble

Jenny Earle | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK
Jenny Earle

The imminent closure of HMP Holloway in London, the largest and most iconic women's prison in the UK, and the also notorious HMP Cornton Vale in Scotland, are big strides in the right direction. Let them be strides towards dedicated community based services that understand the realities of women's lives and can make a lasting difference to their children's lives too.