Has the “rehabilitation revolution” stalled?
The “rehabilitation revolution” promised by former Justice Secretary Chris Grayling in November 2012 has yet to materialise. This is especially true when it comes to a key pillar of rehab: education. Read the rest of this entry »
Plans for prisoners to be allowed to smoke in their cells and a Duchess behind bars
Prisons in the press brings you the best articles from the past week to keep you up-to-date on prison news.
It’ll be lonely this Christmas
“You’re completely powerless. Apart from sending a couple of Christmas cards and speaking to family on the phone, there is nothing you can do, there is nothing you can offer or help with. You’re just alone.”
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.
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 »
The Howard League for Penal Reform on the new Lord Chancellor
Andrew Neilson, the Director of Campaigns at the Howard League for Penal Reform, says that Michael Gove will have to learn from the mistakes of his predecessor and be more open to engagement. Read the rest of this entry »