Prisons in the Press – 30 October

Prison parties, ageing inmates and Oscar Wilde…   

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The jail that housed Oscar Wilde could soon be dedicated to his memory. Image: DPMS

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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Interview with author Lucy Baldwin: mothers on mothers in criminal justice

 

Lucy Baldwin and fellow authors draw on personal and professional experience for Mothering Justice

 

 

Lucy Baldwin, criminology lecturer at De Montfort University

Writer Lucy Baldwin says she has compiled the first whole book about motherhood in criminal and social justice

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Prisons in Parliament

Andrew Selous on the witness stand this week: it’s question time for prisons

Andrew Selous Under Secretary of State for Justice got a grilling last week

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 – 23 October

 

Access to libraries cut and use of illegal highs is on the rise   

Now books and letters are being used to smuggle drugs into prison. Image: banlon1964

Now books and letters are being used to smuggle drugs into prison. Image: banlon1964

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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Nine charts and tables on children in UK courts and prisons

Good and bad news for young people in trouble 

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The state of the youth justice system in the United Kingdom has been laid bare in a new report by the National Association of Youth Justice (NAYJ), which campaigns for a child-friendly youth justice system. The charts and tables below tell the story, much of it positive.

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Comment: Cautiously optimistic about Gove’s prison reform promises

Eric Allison scrutinises Gove’s proclamations about reforming the prison system 

Michael Gove Conservative Party conference 2015

“We shouldn’t ignore the failures in our criminal justice system. And the biggest failure of all is the failure in our prisons,” Gove told the Conservative party conference. Photo: Conservatives.

 

In my first column for Prison Watch UK, back in August, I touched on the appointment of Michael Gove as justice secretary. I said he was at least talking honestly about the massive problems in the prison system
and had overturned the ridiculous ban – imposed by his predecessor, Chris Grayling – on sending books to prisoners.

Since then, Gove has taken it up a notch. At the Conservative party conference he continued to talk truthfully about the problems in the prison system. But he also went much further, further in fact than I have heard a politician go in many a long year.

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Prisons in Parliament

Should a guilty plea have a price tag?

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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? Get it all here. 

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