Prison alternatives: what the audience had to say

A lively discussion followed last week’s prison alternatives event

What are the radical alternatives to prison? This was the topic of last week’s event hosted by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (CCJS).

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What the UK party manifestos say about prisons in their own words

British politicians’ plans for prisons in the run-up to the general election. 

UKIP mentions prisons most in its 2015 manifesto while the SNP has only one reference. Source: Prison Watch UK

UKIP mentions prisons most in its 2015 manifesto while the SNP has only one reference. Source: Prison Watch UK

 

Is UKIP the party most concerned about British prisons? The right-wing party mentions prisons or prisoners more than any other large UK political party in its 2015 manifesto as the chart above shows. But of course it’s all about context.

Here is exactly what the parties say they will do after the upcoming general election in their own words. We will leave it to you to decide whether to believe them or not.

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Five books by ex-prisoners that you should read

Brutality and misery on the journey from arrest to release

Source: D.Davis/Flickr

Source: D.Davis/Flickr

From Midnight Express to Papillon to One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, there have been many great books inspired by dire prisons. Below are five more good reads on the subject that were written more recently.

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Prisons in the press – 24th April

Muslim extremism, racist attacks and “super-prisons” in this week’s news.

We are monster, a film about a racist murder in prison is due to be released next week. Source: @WeAreMonster

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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Crispin Blunt on the privatisation of the probation service: a change too soon?

Exclusive interview with the former prisons minister.

Source: Flickr, the conservative party

Former prison minister Crispin Blunt has said that probation reforms could potentially reduce reoffending and help addicts, but that the moves are too hasty and more pilot schemes are needed.

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LIVE BLOG: What are the alternatives to prison?

Experts discuss the radical alternatives to imprisonment, and whether they could really work 

Abandoned derelict obselete prison

Will our prisons ever become obsolete like this? Source: Ken Fager

Have you ever considered there could be a different way of running our justice system? One in which prisons were barely needed, or even obsolete? How would this system work and is it really feasible?

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Prisons in the press – 20th April

Prisons go into “purdah” for the elections

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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