Prisons in Parliament

Holloway closure: first step in prison reform?

HMP Holloway

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 – 27 November

Jail closures, transgender prisoners and Miss Criminal 2015 in this week’s news

Holloway Prison in London

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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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Comment by The Guardian’s Eric Allison: miscarriages of justice

Newspaper’s prison correspondent says more innocent people are being jailed 

The statue of justice

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Every time I went to prison I was guilty – though I did not always plead so. It wasn’t my job to prosecute myself. I took the view that prison was an occupational hazard and once convicted, I tried to use the time to educate myself and, hopefully, make it harder for the prosecution next time around.

But what of those languishing behind bars who are not guilty? I am convinced there are more miscarriages of justice now than at any time since I have been a student of the system. Read the rest of this entry »


What will the new UK immigration bill mean for the detention system?

Home Office appears reluctant to make changes, but review might help.

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Pregnant women can be locked up indefinitely in UK immigration detention. Credit: Francesco, Flickr

 

The British government is doing its best to create a “hostile environment” for “illegal immigrants”. That is the stated aim of the new Immigration Bill, which politicians have been debating for the past few weeks.

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Prisons in Parliament

What lessons will be learnt from drugs when enforcing the smoking ban? 

HMP Winchester

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 – 20 November

Cats sent to prison and an inmate takes to the roof

An animal rescue charity has enlisted the help of prisoners. Image:

An animal rescue charity has enlisted the help of prisoners. Image: Etienne Tremblay

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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Reversing the flow: channeling prisoners into college

A New York scheme creates pathways from prison to college, and now Britain is following suit

Professor Dreisinger at a conference on education in prison

Professor Dreisinger at a conference on education in prison. Photograph: Prison Watch UK

“What, you mean you’re surprised there are intelligent people in prison?” A rhetorical question, it is one all too often asked by Baz Dresinger.

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