Happy holidays from the Prison Watch team

We’ll be back in the New Year

Source: Carol Pyles on Flickr

Source: Carol Pyles on Flickr

 

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

We will be back in the New Year with more on British prisons.

 

 

 

 


Top ten most popular Prison Watch UK stories 2015

From A Poor Imitation of Death, by Ara Oshagan

From our article on photography in prisons. Photograph: Ara Oshagan

From sex in prison to youth incarceration in Russia to poetry and pictures: here are the most important stories, issues and facts from this year’s most popular stories.
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The last year in prisons

2015: A new Justice Minister, some damning reports and reform of the prison estate

Chris Grayling justice secretary replaced Kenneth Clarke

Grayling to Gove the biggest shake up of 2015. Source: Policy Exchange

 

The last year in prison news, we bring you for the full run down. The stories that made the headlines and the ones that should have done. Catch up here. 

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Christmas for prisoners – Part 2

Home in time for Christmas

... Image: Orange County Archives

In an open prison, inmates may have the chance to go home. Image: Orange County Archives

“It was strange going back home to my family. I walked in the front door and the dog greeted me as if I’d never been away… I’ve been lucky, but so many prisoners have nothing to come home to.”

This is Christmas at home on Release on Temporary License (ROTL), according to former prisoner and Prison UK: An Insider’s View blogger, Alex Cavendish.
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Prisons in the press – 18 December

Prison riots, budgets cuts and Christmas decorations…

Prison staff across the country have this week been injured in a number of riots. Image: macwagen

Prison staff across the country have this week been injured in a number of riots. Image: macwagen

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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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Here’s what happened in UK immigration detention in 2015

An interactive timeline of the year’s key events 

It’s been a dramatic year for UK immigration detention with court battles, hunger strikes, deaths and much more.

Prison Watch UK has put together an interactive timeline of the key events. Click on the image below to see what happened in UK detention centres in 2015.

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Christmas for prisoners – Part 1

It’ll be lonely this Christmas

... Image: Orange County Archives

Christmas is far from a happy time for most prisoners. Image: Orange County Archives

“You’re completely powerless. Apart from sending a couple of Christmas cards and speaking to family on the phone, there is nothing you can do, there is nothing you can offer or help with. You’re just alone.”

This is Christmas behind bars, according to former prisoner and Prison UK: An Insider’s View blogger, Alex Cavendish.
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Comment by The Guardian’s Eric Allison: The ‘ugly stain’ of IPP indeterminate sentences

Why are over 4,500 prisoners still being held on Indeterminate Public Protection sentences?

A young male prisoner stands on D wing of HMP Wandsworth prison. Credit: Andy Aitchison

Too many inmates are left along in prison for too long, writes Eric Allison. Photograph: Andy Aitchison

 

“When will the Lord Chancellor finally decide to bring this terrible scourge to an end? This is a form of preventive detention, internment, entirely alien to our traditional criminal justice approach.” These are the words of former Supreme Court judge, Lord Brown. Read the rest of this entry »


Prisons in Parliament

What steps are being taken to reduce custodial sentencing for women? Debated this week. 

Staffing ratios debated this week. Image: Constabulary at HMP Inverness (Dave Conner)

 

Prisons in Parliament bringing 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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Prisons in the Press – 11 December

Murders in prison hit an all time high and an inmate pleads to be home in time for turkey   

... Image: Neil Whitehouse Piper

A prisoner is desperate to be reminded of this Christmas delight. Image: Neil Whitehouse Piper

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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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