Prisons in the press – 9 March

Drugs seized 30 times a day and a murder suspect released by mistake

Credit: Guillermo Ruiz, Flickr


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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You won’t believe how life repeats itself

Things change, but literacy will always have the same power, writes Eric Allison

life goes in circles, writes Eric Allison

Life has habit of coming full circle, writes Eric Allison. Photograph: Steve Grant.

They say that life goes in circles and the older I get, the more it seems to ring true.

When I ended my last prison sentence, a few days before the millennium, I walked out of Sudbury Prison on the border between Staffordshire and Derbyshire . Read the rest of this entry »

Comment: the prison system is in a worse state now than at any time I’ve known it

Eric Allison, long time Guardian prisons correspondent and former prisoner, writes first fortnightly column for Prison Watch UK

Eric Allison Prison Watch UK

Eric Allison joins Prison Watch UK to deliver fortnightly column. Photo: Karolina Webb.

When I first entered prison as an adult, in the mid 1960s, the conditions and practices I encountered were grim – to put it mildly. There was no in-cell sanitation and prisoners had to urinate and defecate in plastic chamber pots Read the rest of this entry »