Category - prisons

  • December 8, 2017

    The Prison Reform Trust says only a reduction in the size of the prison population can reduce overcrowding, as analysis finds the government's prison building plans are severely underfunded.

  • December 5, 2017

    The Chief Inspector of Prisons has welcomed a new protocol allowing him to publicly demand urgent action by the Secretary of State for Justice to improve jails with significant problems.

  • December 2, 2017

    Enabling people in prison to take responsibility for day to day life encourages a greater sense of autonomy and self-respect and contributes to better decision making by prison managers, according to a new report from the Prison Reform Trust.

  • November 23, 2017

    The Howard League for Penal Reform has responded to HM Inspectorate of Prisons’ annual report on the experiences of detained children aged 12 to 18.

  • November 14, 2017

    Dangerously low staffing levels, a poorly-defined job description, insufficient training and a perceived lack of decision-making power have left prison officers feeling ignored, ineffective and unable to achieve their aims.

  • November 8, 2017

    HMP Erlestoke in Wiltshire had failed to tackle a significant drugs problem – particularly with the synthetic cannabis Spice – which generated violence and bullying and "a sense of hopelessness"among prisoners, according to a report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons

  • September 27, 2017

    The Prison Reform Trust has published its response to HM Treasury’s consultation on this year’s Budget, which highlights concerns about the viability of the Ministry of Justice’s prison building programme in light of the projected increase in prison numbers.

  • July 28, 2017

    The number of assaults and incidents of self-injury in prisons in England and Wales have risen to record highs, figures seen by the Howard League for Penal Reform revealed yesterday.

  • July 25, 2017

    The Howard League for Penal Reform has responded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons’ report on Bristol prison, published today.

  • July 18, 2017

    Prison reform will not succeed unless the violence and prevalence of drugs in jail are addressed and prisoners are unlocked for more of the working day, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published his second annual report, for 2016-17.