Legal aid cuts delaying rehabilitation in prison, court will hear

Cuts are further obstacle to getting ready for release, say penal charities

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Barrier: cuts are further obstacle to securing release, say penal reform groups. Photograph: x1klima

A case arguing that cuts to legal aid for prisoners are unfair and unlawful will be heard before the Court of Appeal today.

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Overcrowding and staff shortages at HMP Cardiff 

Prisoners can spend up to 27 hours in cell without clean clothes and bedding report finds

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Prison cell at HMP Cardiff where men can spend up to 27 hours at a time. Image HM Inspectorate report

Holding 770 male adult prisoners, HMP Cardiff was originally designed for 539 men. Amid overcrowding and understaffing, the latest inspection report found cells in a poor state, increasing availability of drugs and rising violence.

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Prisons in the press – 2 December

The drug dodging prison guard and the campaign to change food behind bars

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The campaign to improve prison nutrition Image: SB

The campaign to improve prison nutrition Image: SB

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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Children in prison in England & Wales suffer state-sanctioned abuse

New report on restraint, segregation & strip searching of children in prison

Source: Howard League for Penal Reform

Source: Howard League for Penal Reform

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Child prisoners in England & Wales are subject to unlawful restraint, extended solitary confinement and random strip-searches according to a new report by the Howard League for Penal Reform

The Carlile Inquiry 10 years on says that the “illegal, systemic, physical abuse of children, sanctioned by the state” continues a decade after an independent inquiry by Lord Carlile of Berriew QC called for reforms. Read the rest of this entry »


Prisons in the press – 10 June

 Rising levels of violence behind bars and Scotland’s toughest jail to become a museum 

The Panopticon, a staple design of the Victorian prison, designed originally by Jeremy Bentham. Image:

Scotland’s “Alcatraz” to become a museum

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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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Further privatisation, scrapping NPS – the latest twist in the probation service story?

Should the national service be scrapped and all probation be run privately?

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Through the gate: offenders often struggle adapting to life beyond bars.© Prisonimage.org

What is left of the National Probation Service should be disbanded. All forms of offender rehabilitation should be run privately.

These are the recommendations made by think tank Reform in a new report, Local commissioning, local solutions: devolving offender management.

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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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