Prisons in the press – 31st July

Murders, terrorists, attacks on wardens and…smoking in prisons  

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Levels of secondhand smoke in UK prisons similar to those experienced by bar staff before the smoking ban. Source: Carsten ten Brink 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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Prisons in Parliament – 27th July

Radicalisation, diseases, resettlement prisons, compensation paid, reoffending and more  

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Prisons in Parliament brings you up-to-date on the last week of politics and prisons. What’s been said? And by whom? Find out here…

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Reaction to Justice Secretary Michael Gove’s first major speech on prisons

New Justice Secretary receives a positive reaction as he sets a new tone 

Justice Secretary Michael Gove  hold a book on prison reform while leaving hospital. Source: Shepton Mallet Journal

Justice Secretary Michael Gove hold a book on prison reform while leaving hospital. The photographer, who was in hospital after a pruning accident, said he got this photo by “shear luck”. Source: Shepton Mallet Journal

 

The new Justice Secretary Michael Gove gave his first major speech on prisons last week. He spoke of the need to improve education for inmates, to knock down old prisons and build new ones, and to give prison governors more autonomy.

The reaction from the press and penal reformers has been broadly positive. Here is what they had to say. Read the rest of this entry »


Five key figures on immigration detention centres in England & Wales from the Chief Inspector

Legal aid cuts, staff blunders and failing systems revealed in latest HMIP report

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Immigration detention centres in England & Wales hold minors “in error”, imprison adults for unlimited periods and deny detainees access to legal services according to the latest HMIP annual report.

Here are the important numbers from the report.

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Prisons in Parliament – 20th July

Drug treatment, youth offending and phone tapping, discussed in Parliament this week

The houses of parliament, Source: Rajan Manick, Flickr

Prisons in Parliament brings you up-to-date on the last week of politics and prisons. What’s been said? And by whom? Get it all here. 

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Prisons in the press – 17th July

Cockroach infestation in Pentonville and a busy week for Michael Gove

Cockroaches found in Pentonville prison. Image source: Amber Brooke, 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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Children in prison in England & Wales – chief inspector reports

Young people suffer assault, restraint and solitary confinement 

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Source: HMIP

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Children in prison in England & Wales are experiencing high levels of assault, restraint and solitary confinement according to the latest annual report from the Chief Inspector.

But education and living conditions are improving. Here are the main findings from the report.

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The 10 prisons in England & Wales with the most suicides

Which prisons are the worst for self-inflicted deaths?

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Since 1978 the number of deaths in custody has increased. Although there was a welcome fall in the number of apparent self-inflicted deaths last year – from 88 in the year to March 2014 to 76 in the year to March 2015 – it was still 40 per cent higher than five years ago.

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Chief Inspector says prisons in England & Wales at worst in a decade

Nick Hardwick says prisons are in bad state due to budget cuts and staff shortages 

HM Inspectorate of Prisons annual report 2015

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Prisons in England and Wales are in their “worst state in 10 years” according to the latest annual report from HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick.

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Prisons in the press – 10 July

More deaths and critical reports. And some Sudoku too. 

Source: Flickr

Source: Flickr

 

It seems little has changed at Pentonville and Nottingham prisons, which have both been criticised in separate reports this week. And the situation with legal highs also seems to be as bad as ever.  Read the rest of this entry »