Prisons in the press – 29 July

Assaults on prison staff, mistaken releases and female inmate suicides all reach record highs 

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The Ministry of Justice’s annual statistics reveal the worsening state of British jails. Image: Jumilla

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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Safety and respect lacking across detention estate says HMIP

Yarl’s Wood “cause for great concern” and vulnerable detainees at risk

 

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Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre remains “cause for great concern”, the UK’s largest detention centres lack safety and respect, and asylum seekers have been held in “unacceptable” conditions sleeping in dirty blankets on concrete floors, according to the annual report of Chief prisons inspector Peter Clarke, released last week.

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Grim situation getting worse says HM Inspectorate of Prisons

Increasing drug use and escalating violence across the prison estate

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Chief Inspectorate of Prisons releases 2015 report

“I have found that the grim situation referred to by Nick Hardwick in his report last year has not improved, and in some key areas it has, if anything, become even worse” says Peter Clarke, Chief Inspectorate of Prisons.

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Watching Glory Die – theatre review

When journalists are all but banned from prisons in UK, art such as this serves an even more important service, writes Victoria Seabrook

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Guards stand back and watch Glory die. Photograph: Manuela Chastelain

The story of Watching Glory Die is a difficult, shocking one. But it is important it is told because the fiction is sadly all too close to the truth. Read the rest of this entry »


Prisons in Parliament

Response to violence in prison “inadequate” and “reactive” says former shadow Justice Minister

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Wormwood Scrubs, one of five prisons to face walk outs in the last five months. Image: David Merrigan.

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 – 15 July

Increasing violence, jailbreaks and a Snapchat tour of a prison cell

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Inmate recorded a snapchat tour of his jail cell. Image: Adam Przezdziek

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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Meet the new Justice Secretary Liz Truss

First female Lord Chancellor in almost 1,000 years

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Liz Truss has replaced Michael Gove as Justice Secretary and become the first woman to hold the post of Lord Chancellor in 950 years.

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