Prisons in the press – 29 April

Books, deaths and inmates earning Duke of Edinburgh awards

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The Guardian’s visit to a prison this week shows the powers of books to bring people together. Image: George Redgrave

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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Smoke cannons and balloons let off outside Holloway Prison in feminist protest

But ministry of Justice defends its prison and probation spending

Sisters uncut demo credit Jade Jackman

‘Black lives matter and the lives of all women matter’ Photo: Jade Jackman

Feminist protesters let off balloons outside HMP Holloway yesterday to commemorate the 77 women who have died in prison in the last 10 years.

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What the EU referendum will mean for prisons, courts and crime

Brexit and British justice

EU flag credit Oona Räisänen

EU and Westminster have different views on prisoner voting

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With exactly eight weeks until the referendum on Britain’s EU membership, read our quick round up of what the EU means for the prison and legal systems in the UK.

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MPs and Lords battle it out over detention issues in Immigration Bill

Lords stand firm on detention amendments

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UK House of Commons Chamber. Source: UK Parliament, Flickr

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The Lords have returned the UK immigration bill to the House of Commons for fresh debate after insisting on time limits and protection for pregnant women. 

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Campaigners to protest ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’ incarceration outside Holloway

The ‘violent institutional oppression’ of women and minorities

Sisters Uncut Yarls Wood protest credit Levi Lawrence

Protest: Sisters Uncut outside immigration detention centre Yarls Wood, which holds mainly women

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Campaigners against female incarceration are to stage a demonstration tonight outside Holloway Prison, where Sarah Reed died in January this year.

The protest outside Western Europe’s largest women’s prison has been organised by Sisters Uncut, a direct action group formed in 2014 that protests violence against women.

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Prisons in the press – 22 April

Football coaching, phone smuggling and a novel idea for your free time…

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Demand: Calls for women’s prison population to be scrapped in Scotland. Photograph: Steven Depolo

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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Will this private US company run children’s prisons better than G4S?

MTCNovo’s US prison record under the spotlight

Source: theblackletter.com.au

Source: theblackletter.com.au

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“horror as should be unrealised anywhere in the civilised world”.  This is how one US judge described an MTCNovo run prison. MTCNovo won a contract to run Rainsbrook STC in September 2015.

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