Prisons in parliament

Outcomes for children in custody not good enough admits Truss

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Prisoner 101115. Under 25s entrant to the 2015 Koestler exhibition

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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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Escalating incidents at height show prison system failing

“When you get thrown over the top you come out like big chips. That was always the joke”

The chips are down in our prisons. Picture: Mike Rastiello

The chips are certainly down in prisons across England and Wales. From 2014 to 2015, incidents at height increased by 72 per cent. Campaigners say this is yet another indication that our prison system is failing.

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Prisons in the press – 20 November

Cats sent to prison and an inmate takes to the roof

An animal rescue charity has enlisted the help of prisoners. Image:

An animal rescue charity has enlisted the help of prisoners. Image: Etienne Tremblay

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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How many more deaths will it take

The treatment of female prisoners has seen some improvements, but women are still dying

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Shackling women rarely works, writes Eric Allison. Photograph: Steven Depolo

There is not much sunshine in my working life. Writing about prisons doesn’t give one a lot to smile about. Read the rest of this entry »