Prisons in the Press – 30 March

Super Prisons, Violent Prisons and Debtors’ Prisons

Strangeways prison

Photo of Strangeways prison that has experienced the most notorious prison riot in the UK.  Kenneth Williamson via Wikimedia Commons



Prisons in the press brings you the best articles from the past week to keep you up-to-date on prison news.

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Privatisation of the probation service – a timeline

The path to the privatisation of the probation service

This year Chris Grayling completed the privatisation of the probation service. The move replaced the previous 35 probation trusts with a National Probation Service and 21 ‘Community Rehabilitation Companies’ (CRCs). These companies are private providers that will supervise low- and medium-risk offenders after leaving prison – about 70 per cent of the service. The public sector National Probation Service is responsible for the 31,000 high-risk offenders.

But it was a long time in the making and there have been many opposing views on the move. Read the rest of this entry »

The history of Brixton Prison and what we can learn from it

A brief reflection on the history of London’s oldest working prison

 female_convicts_at_work_in_brixton_womens_prison_after_mayhew__binny_1862 via Wikimedia Commons

Back when Brixton Prison Was a womens Prison in 1862. Photo via Wikimedia Commons


Chris Impey is the Managing director of National Prison Radio and in 2013 he wrote and produced two documentaries for BBC Radio 4 about the history of HMP Brixton.

Prison Watch UK spoke to Chris about London’s oldest working prison and his views that prisons alone cannot solve all our problems.


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PODCAST: Sex in prisons

Sex in prison? It happens. Here’s what experts have to say about it.

After the Howard League’s Sex in prison conference last tuesday we caught up with some of the panel members, the experts and the researchers behind the commission to find out a bit more about what it’s like to have sex in prison.  Read the rest of this entry »

Everything you always wanted to know about sex in prison, but were afraid to ask

Ex-prisoners describe their experience of sex behind bars



From practicalities to sexual identities to pornography to vulnerabilities, there is a lot more to sex in prison than you might think. Much is surrounded by myth, but we finally have some information to go on based on a new report.

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Prisons in the press – 22 March

Sex, suicides and the Howard League blocked from visiting private prisons.  


The Howard League’s commission into sex in prison


Prisons in the press brings you the best articles from the past week to keep you up-to-date on prison news.

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Joint enterprise: more than 10,000 people ask PM David Cameron to reform unjust law

Families of prisoners march to 10 Downing Street to make their voices heard

JENGBA Joint enterprise free the innocent

JENGBA campaigners make their voices heard – Photo by @benjameslucas


Over 100 people marched to Downing street yesterday to hand in a petition with over 10,000 signatories that called for the end of joint enterprise law.

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