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 – 19 February

Prisoners locked out of jail and couples line up to tie the knot behind bars 

... Image: Alexandre Dulaunoy

How a cigarette break led two prisoners to freedom. Image: Alexandre Dulaunoy

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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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Cameron’s prison reforms merely ‘expansion and privatisation’ of criminal justice

Prime minister promises ‘biggest shake-up’ in prisons since Victorian times but experts are sceptical

David Cameron Conservative Party conference speech 2015

‘Resetting the debate’: Cameron announces prison reforms. Photo: Conservative Party

David Cameron has undone decades of Conservative rhetoric of being ‘tough on crime,’ admitting that Britain’s prison system has been a “scandalous failure” for years and calling for reform to be the “great progressive cause” of British politics.
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Conservative conference 2015: everything you need to know about Cameron’s comments on prisons

We go through Cameron’s comments line by line, so you don’t have to

 

David Cameron Conservative Party conference speech 2015

Cameron takes on reoffending, sentencing and super prisons during his party conference speech. Photo: Conservative Party


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‘Something better’ for women offenders, demands MP Sian James

Sian James and the Howard League launch campaign for Welsh women

Frances Crook Howard League, Sian James MP, Rosa Marne Isis

Frances Crook (Howard League), Sian James MP for Swansea East, Rosa Marne of Isis Womens Centre . Source: Victoria Seabrook

Sian James today presented her manifesto at the House of Commons to keep women out of prison in Wales.
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Prisons in the press – 22 February

Legal highs, super jails and children’s prisons have been hitting the headlines this week.

Children at Crumpsall workhouse. Source: Flickr, archivesplus

 

Prisons in the press brings you the best articles to keep you up-to-date on prison news.

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A beginner’s guide to UK prisons – everything you need to know

If you are new to how the prison system works, here are 10 key voices from different sides of the debate to keep you up-to-date with all the news.

10 things to help you understand the prison system

10 things to help you understand the prison system

 

From ministers to charities to think tanks to newspapers, there are many places to find information on British prisons. You can find everyone mentioned in this article in this Twitter list (except for those non-micro-bloggers of course).

 

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