UK Prisons

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?

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.