UK Prisons

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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?

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?

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...

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

Bob Neill | Posted 17.05.2017 | 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 17.05.2017 | 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.

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...

Transforming the Lives of Women in Trouble

Jenny Earle | Posted 05.03.2017 | 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.

Obvious Suicide Risk Factors 'Are Being Ignored By Prison Staff'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK

Clues that prisoners may take their own lives are too often missed, according to a stark warning issued by a watchdog. Known factors indicating a h...

Unless Government Focuses on Prison Officers, Reforms Will Fail

Diane James MEP | Posted 12.02.2017 | UK Politics
Diane James MEP

When he announced a series of 'fanfare' prison reforms this week, it seems that the Prime Minister David Cameron woke up to the reality that his Government's austerity cuts have had a detrimental effect on the UK prison system.

Ban of Solitary Confinement and Autonomy for Governors

Helen Crewe | Posted 11.02.2017 | UK
Helen Crewe

In January 2016, President Obama announced reforms following his visit to a prison in July, 2015. Obama explained "how can we subject prisoners to unn...

5 Countries Proving Prisons Can Work To Benefit Everyone

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK

David Cameron has committed to reform Britain's prison system by the end of the year. In an address on Monday, the first by a prime minister to fo...