Immigration Detention Dispatch – 18 January 2017

Third immigration detention death in six weeks as report finds mental health services “patchy”

Catch up on the fortnight’s immigration detention news and parliamentary debate

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Prisons in the press – 16 September

Suicide prevention and prisoner rehabilitation top this week’s agenda

A ground breaking prosecution for musical inmates this week. Image: Global Panorama

Transfers of prisoners to mental health hospitals have increased by 20 per cent. Image: Global Panorama

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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Grim situation getting worse says HM Inspectorate of Prisons

Increasing drug use and escalating violence across the prison estate

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Chief Inspectorate of Prisons releases 2015 report

“I have found that the grim situation referred to by Nick Hardwick in his report last year has not improved, and in some key areas it has, if anything, become even worse” says Peter Clarke, Chief Inspectorate of Prisons.

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Prisons in Parliament

Sentencing power for magistrates and dementia in prison: debated this week

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Birmingham magistrates court. Image: Elliot Brown

Prisons in Parliament brings you up-to-date with all the key debates and the highlights you missed.

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How to prevent suicide in prison and beyond

Highlights from the 2016 suicide prevention roundtable with Cambridge University

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Harm: suicide rates are still on the rise. Photograph: premasagar via flickr

 

The Prison Watch UK team were live at HMP Altcourse today at the 2016 suicide prevention roundtable. We bring you the highlights…
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Interview: Yarl’s Wood whistleblower speaks out against ‘prison-like’ conditions

‘If I’m feeling like this, I know it’s wrong’

 

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Prison-like conditions and ‘predatory’ behaviour

In 2014, Noel Finn made headlines as the first member of staff in a UK immigration detention centre to blow the whistle to the press on poor conditions.

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Prisons in Parliament

“In 1970 we faced a prisons crisis; today we face a prisons scandal”

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It’s time to rethink our prisons. Image: Pentonville Prison, Getty images

Prisons in Parliament keeping you up-to-date on the last week of politics and prisons. What has been said and by whom? Find out here…

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Solitary confinement in the UK in the words of prisoners and staff

Descriptions of the system from the inside 

Credit: Prison Reform Trust

Credit: Prison Reform Trust

 

We did a post a couple of weeks ago about the solitary confinement of prisoners in Britain. We wrote about the damage to both their physical and mental health caused by long periods in segregation units and Close Supervision Centres (CSC).

But now prisoners and staff tell the story in their own words.

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What you need to know about solitary confinement in prisons in England & Wales

Segregation units harm both mental and physical health 

Credit: Prison Reform Trust

Credit: Prison Reform Trust

 

Prisoners held in solitary confinement in England and Wales are kept in hopeless enclosed spaces that can damage both their physical and mental health. A disproportionate number of inmates are Muslim and some are mere teens. Many stays are short, but some are held for years at an annual cost of £100,000.

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Prisons in Parliament

Holloway closure: first step in prison reform?

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Prisons in Parliament brings you up-to-date on the last week of politics and prisons. What’s been said? And by whom? Get it all here. 

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