Nick Hardwick: Reversing the tide of IPP sentencing

“We need to make sure the people in prison are the people who need to be there”


Chair of the Parole board, Nick Hardwick, talks to Prison Watch UK about the problems of Indeterminate sentencing for Public Protection (IPP). How the Parole Board are working through the back log and what needs to be done by government to bring the numbers down.

Education is critical to reduce reoffending says minister

Jo Stevens MP, talks to Prison Watch UK about the state of education in our prisons

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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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Interview: Yarl’s Wood whistleblower speaks out against ‘prison-like’ conditions

‘If I’m feeling like this, I know it’s wrong’



Prison-like conditions and ‘predatory’ behaviour

In 2014, Noel Finn made headlines as the first member of staff in a UK immigration detention centre to blow the whistle to the press on poor conditions.

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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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Re:Form according to Frank

Incarceration uncovered: a snapshot tour of the Re:Form exhibition


Frank next to his favourite painting

After spending 30 years in and out of prison, Frank now wants to stay on “the right side of the fence”. He has a degree in criminology through the Prisoner’s Education Trust and is running tours of the Koestler Trust’s Re:Form exhibition.

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Re:Form takes London by storm

Incarcerated artists collaborate for a unique exhibition at Southbank centre


The Re:Form exhibition at Southbank centre


Produced by the Koestler Trust and Southbank Centre, Re:Form exhibits works by prisoners, offenders on community sentences, secure psychiatric patients and immigration detainees.

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