When journalists are all but banned from prisons in UK, art such as this serves an even more important service, writes Victoria Seabrook
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 set to fail by lack of support on release
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
Figures ‘low,’ gov claims, but campaigners highlight increase in violence
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We spoke to wardens and former prisoners
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.
Descriptions of the system from the inside
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.
Home in time for Christmas
“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.”
Things change, but literacy will always have the same power, writes Eric Allison
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 »