UK immigration detention: a potted history

How the UK immigration detention estate grew to over 4,000 spaces in less than half a century

Photo by James Gordon - Wikimedia Commons

Photo by James Gordon – Wikimedia Commons

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Prisons in the press – 26 June

 Pentonville prison slammed in damning report and Scotland reveals alternatives for women

Scotland leads the way, promoting alternatives to super prisons. Source: Rhys A, Flickr

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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Five British prisoners who committed suicide in solitary confinement

The human cost of prison segregation units 

Source: Chris Grey on Flickr

Source: Chris Grey on Flickr

 

A prisoner with a history of depression and self-harm held in a segregation unit asked a guard for a book to occupy himself, but was told he could not have as the prison was on night watch. He was found dead in the morning.

Unfortunately his tragic case is not an isolated one. Last week we learnt that suicides among British prisoners held in solitary confinement are at their highest in nearly a decade. Read the rest of this entry »


‘Worst year ever’ for women’s centre funding, says industry chief

Women’s services suffering from cuts and staff leaving

Fears that women's centres may be left on their own for funding. ©  prisonimage.org .

Fears that women’s centres may be left on their own for funding. © prisonimage.org .

Funding for organisations working with women in the criminal justice system is under serious threat, according to the head of the industry body.

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Women in prison: the stats unlocked

Who are the women in our prisons are how did they get there?

UK - Surrey - HMP Downview

A female prisoner just released from HMP Downview Women’s Prison is greeted by a volunteer to help her get to her destination. © Prisonimage.org

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LIVE BLOG: women in the criminal justice system – mothers too

Women’s Breakout AGM and Re-Unite Network meeting

Women and mothers in prison criminal justice system

Organisations and professionals working with women offenders and ex-offenders today met at two principal events for the criminal justice sector.

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Prisons in the press – 22 June

Overcrowding hits headlines yet again and pyschological thriller makes the big screen

The controversial Stanford prison experiment, called off after just six days. Source: Brandon Burke, Flickr

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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