When journalists are all but banned from prisons in UK, art such as this serves an even more important service, writes Victoria Seabrook
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 »
Abuse of children in STCs has been going on far too long, writes the Guardian’s prisons correspondent
Why are over 4,500 prisoners still being held on Indeterminate Public Protection sentences?
“When will the Lord Chancellor finally decide to bring this terrible scourge to an end? This is a form of preventive detention, internment, entirely alien to our traditional criminal justice approach.” These are the words of former Supreme Court judge, Lord Brown. Read the rest of this entry »
Everything you need to know about plans to sell off old prisons and open nine new sites
Nine new prisons will be built in England and Wales, housing 10,000 inmates and allowing the closure of a group of inner-city prisons, justice secretary Michael Gove and chancellor George Osborne announced last month.
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Newspaper’s prison correspondent says more innocent people are being jailed
Every time I went to prison I was guilty – though I did not always plead so. It wasn’t my job to prosecute myself. I took the view that prison was an occupational hazard and once convicted, I tried to use the time to educate myself and, hopefully, make it harder for the prosecution next time around.
But what of those languishing behind bars who are not guilty? I am convinced there are more miscarriages of justice now than at any time since I have been a student of the system. Read the rest of this entry »
Housing transgender prisoners is but one of many challenges for pressured prison governors, writes Eric Allison
After reading the sad story of a transgender prisoner, Tara Hudson, I found myself contemplating the sheer complexity of the problems the prison service faces on a daily basis. Read the rest of this entry »
Eric Allison scrutinises Gove’s proclamations about reforming the prison system
In my first column for Prison Watch UK, back in August, I touched on the appointment of Michael Gove as justice secretary. I said he was at least talking honestly about the massive problems in the prison system
and had overturned the ridiculous ban – imposed by his predecessor, Chris Grayling – on sending books to prisoners.
Since then, Gove has taken it up a notch. At the Conservative party conference he continued to talk truthfully about the problems in the prison system. But he also went much further, further in fact than I have heard a politician go in many a long year.
Incarceration uncovered: a snapshot tour of the Re:Form exhibition
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.
New measure to stop smoking in prison is just MoJ covering its own back, writes Eric Allison
There are times when I seriously question the sanity of politicians who decide penal policy.
Take the book banning fiasco last year. The then justice secretary Chris Grayling decided that relatives and friends of prisoners could no longer send books to them. Read the rest of this entry »