Watching Glory Die – theatre review

When journalists are all but banned from prisons in UK, art such as this serves an even more important service, writes Victoria Seabrook

Watching Glory Die play Judith Thompson canada prison

Guards stand back and watch Glory die. Photograph: Manuela Chastelain

The story of Watching Glory Die is a difficult, shocking one. But it is important it is told because the fiction is sadly all too close to the truth. Read the rest of this entry »


Older prisoners are being failed, warns Prison Reform Trust

Older prisoners set to fail by lack of support on release 

Older prisoners are being failed on their release, a new report finds. Image: Thomas Hawk

Older prisoners are being failed on their release, a new report finds. Image: Thomas Hawk

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A new report by the Prison Reform Trust and Restore Supprt Network reveals that older prisoners are not adequately provided for on release from prison

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Private prison providers fined £3.7m for contract breaches since 2010

Figures ‘low,’ gov claims, but campaigners highlight increase in violence

private companies receive financial penalties for contract failures.

Fined: private companies receive financial penalties for contract failures. Photograph: x1klima


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Is there any such thing as privacy in prison?

We spoke to wardens and former prisoners

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Prison Watch UK spoke to staff and prisoners to discover if privacy is possible behind bars. Image: Bryan Kennedy

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Last week prison wardens at HMP Holloway were ordered to knock on inmates’ cell doors before entering, in order to respect prisoners’ privacy.

We spoke to some prisoners and staff about “privacy” behind bars. Here’s what they had to say.

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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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Christmas for prisoners – Part 2

Home in time for Christmas

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In an open prison, inmates may have the chance to go home. Image: Orange County Archives

“It was strange going back home to my family. I walked in the front door and the dog greeted me as if I’d never been away… I’ve been lucky, but so many prisoners have nothing to come home to.”

This is Christmas at home on Release on Temporary License (ROTL), according to former prisoner and Prison UK: An Insider’s View blogger, Alex Cavendish.
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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 »