Fearful inmates asked to be locked in cells

HMP Featherstone: Inmates “living in fear”

HM Inspectorate of prisons

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A damning report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons found inmates locked up in their cells for the best part of 24 hours,


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Are these the nine British Victorian prisons that Osborne and Gove will close?

Help us figure out which old jails will close

Pentonville prison in London

Source: Wikipedia


Have we seen the end of Britain’s Victorian prisons with their Dickensian conditions?

Well, not quite yet. But the government has announced that it will close Victorian jails and build nine new prisons – five of them by 2020.

It will say exactly which prisons will shut on 25 November. We thought we’d have an educated guess before then. But we need your help.

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How many more deaths will it take

The treatment of female prisoners has seen some improvements, but women are still dying

woman handcuff

Shackling women rarely works, writes Eric Allison. Photograph: Steven Depolo

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Prisons in the press – 18 September

Guards dump a body in a van, healthcare for sex offenders ‘inadequate’

the verne IMB report

The latest Immigration Removal Centre made a splash this week.

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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Chief Inspector says prisons in England & Wales at worst in a decade

Nick Hardwick says prisons are in bad state due to budget cuts and staff shortages 

HM Inspectorate of Prisons annual report 2015


Prisons in England and Wales are in their “worst state in 10 years” according to the latest annual report from HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick.

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