Prisons in Parliament

Ministers get fired up: Drugs and mental health provision debated this week

How many fires have there been in prison over the last five years? Image: Premasager

 

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

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Prisons in the press – 12 February

The biggest prison shake-up for a century and a painful rat infestation

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A prisoner is set to sue after claiming to have been bitten by a rat in his cell. Image: Vic DeLeon

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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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Cameron’s prison reforms merely ‘expansion and privatisation’ of criminal justice

Prime minister promises ‘biggest shake-up’ in prisons since Victorian times but experts are sceptical

David Cameron Conservative Party conference speech 2015

‘Resetting the debate’: Cameron announces prison reforms. Photo: Conservative Party

David Cameron has undone decades of Conservative rhetoric of being ‘tough on crime,’ admitting that Britain’s prison system has been a “scandalous failure” for years and calling for reform to be the “great progressive cause” of British politics.
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Lords divided over controversial time limit in UK Immigration Bill

‘Medieval’ UK detention system is ‘one a dictator would rejoice in’

The House of Lords. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The House of Lords. Source: Wikimedia Commons

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The House of Lords is so divided over the UK’s controversial new Immigration Bill that one peer has suggested scrapping the legislation altogether and starting from scratch. The Bill, which saw its fifth sitting in the House of Lords yesterday, is the subject of intense controversy, including over issues such as immigration detention.

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Prisons in Parliament

Revealed: the Ministers that visited Medway

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Which Ministers visited Medway? Image: BBC

 

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

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Prisons in the press – 5 February

Plans for prisoners to be allowed to smoke in their cells and a Duchess behind bars 

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The Duchess of Cornwall visited Brixton prison. Image: Shaun Amey

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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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‘Rampant and sustained’ abuse of children in UK prisons – comment by The Guardian’s Eric Allison

Abuse of children in STCs has been going on far too long, writes the Guardian’s prisons correspondent

Eric Allison Prison Watch UK

Horror stories: Eric Allison has files full of information about secure training centres

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I expect many readers will have watched BBC’s Panorama programme ‘Teenage Prison Abuse Exposed’ on Monday 11 January. Read the rest of this entry »