Figures ‘low,’ gov claims, but campaigners highlight increase in violence
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Pregnant women and torture victims at risk of violence and sexual assault
The Home Office has published the long-awaited independent “Shaw Review” into the treatment of vulnerable people in UK immigration detention.
It found evidence of sexual predation and human rights abuses in a largely ineffective system that jails pregnant women and torture victims.
Andrew Selous on the witness stand this week: it’s question time for prisons
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.
New measure to stop smoking in prison is just MoJ covering its own back, writes Eric Allison
There are times when I seriously question the sanity of politicians who decide penal policy.
Take the book banning fiasco last year. The then justice secretary Chris Grayling decided that relatives and friends of prisoners could no longer send books to them. Read the rest of this entry »
Eric Allison, long time Guardian prisons correspondent and former prisoner, writes first fortnightly column for Prison Watch UK
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 »
Women’s Breakout AGM and Re-Unite Network meeting
Organisations and professionals working with women offenders and ex-offenders today met at two principal events for the criminal justice sector.
We interview visitors at the Justice Matters for Women conference
After the Justice Matters for Women conference last Wednesday we caught up with an expert, researcher and victim of women’s violence. We asked them a simple question: would taking all women out of prison be good for both women who committed a crime and society? Here are their answers.
Café manager describes transformation of ex-offender trainees
Former Howard League director, calls on new government to transform criminal justice system
Martin Wright was once a prison visitor, and later became director of the Howard League for Penal Reform, and then a policy officer for Victim Support. An expert in victim-offender mediation, he has written extensively about restorative justice and practised as a facilitator. Read the rest of this entry »