Prisons in Parliament – 12 Dec

Prison reform, detached duty and young & transgender prisoners 

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Prisons in the press – 11 November

Riot, break-out and fascinating documentaries

... Image: Zlatko Vickovic

… Image: Zlatko Vickovic

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Prisons in Parliament – 17 October

Drones, reoffending and temporary release

... Image: Don McCullough

… Image: Don McCullough

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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 – 7 October

Probation overhaul criticised, more prison officers and trouble at Maghaberry

WTF by a prisoner called Peter at HMP Dovegate. Source: Prison Watch UK

WTF by a prisoner called Peter at HMP Dovegate. Source: Prison Watch UK

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Astounding art by British prisoners

Benjamin Zephaniah curates Koestler Trust exhibition at Southbank Centre

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Artists often attend their own exhibitions at some stage, but not many will make this one. That’s because most of the artists whose works feature in this show are locked behind bars.

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Prisons in the press – 30 Sept 2016

Easier to get drugs than clothes or bedding in English prison

Source: Chris Grey on Flickr

Source: Chris Grey on Flickr

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Will isolating Islamic extremists in UK prisons stop radicalisation?

The risk of creating a British Guantanamo

Photo of Jose Padilla in New York Times, Dec 2006. Source: Wikipedia

Photo of Jose Padilla in New York Times, Dec 2006. Source: Wikipedia

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The British tabloid press has recently been alive with headlines of self-styled emirs, hate-preaching imams and jihadi books in prisons. Their ire only increased when radical preacher Anjem Choudary was  convicted of swearing allegiance to Islamic State.

The government has responded by announcing a new strategy whereby the most dangerous extremists are to be isolated within high-security “prisons within prisons” to stop them from radicalising others. 

But will the strategy work? Or has it been tried before and proved ineffective? Could it even be a propaganda coup for extremist recruiters? 

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Meet the new Justice Secretary Liz Truss

First female Lord Chancellor in almost 1,000 years

Liz Truss MP

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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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Children in prison in England & Wales suffer state-sanctioned abuse

New report on restraint, segregation & strip searching of children in prison

Source: Howard League for Penal Reform

Source: Howard League for Penal Reform

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Child prisoners in England & Wales are subject to unlawful restraint, extended solitary confinement and random strip-searches according to a new report by the Howard League for Penal Reform

The Carlile Inquiry 10 years on says that the “illegal, systemic, physical abuse of children, sanctioned by the state” continues a decade after an independent inquiry by Lord Carlile of Berriew QC called for reforms. Read the rest of this entry »


Prisons in the Press – 27 May

Radicalisation, prison closures and guards under pressure

A ground breaking prosecution for musical inmates this week. Image: Global Panorama

Image: Global Panorama

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