Category - prisons

  • January 12, 2010

    The Bishop of Liverpool will initiate a debate in the House of Lords this afternoon, to discuss the Government’s plans to make prisons more sustainable.

  • November 9, 2009

    Churches and Christian groups across Britain are being encouraged to hold special services and events to mark Prisons Week from 15-21 November 2009. The theme for the Week this year is 'Hold Fast to Hope'.

  • June 21, 2009

    No other democratic nation today imprisons people on such a scale or for as long as the US, Martin E. Marty is reminded. Visiting prisoners is a central test of devotion to the Jesus of the gospels. We are also called to a vision of restoration and release.

  • December 16, 2008

    The Howard League for Penal Reform has slammed the government’s decision to allow private security companies running child jails to continue using pain on children.

  • October 15, 2008

    Tough questions are being raised over the implications over the British government’s plans to further increase and promote the role of faith groups in the management of offenders, both in prisons and in the community.

  • October 2, 2007

    The United States Federal Bureau of Prisons has said it will return "non-approved" religious books and other materials that were removed from the shelves of federal prison libraries because of concerns over the threat of terrorism.

  • April 5, 2007

    The Howard League for Penal Reform has today welcomed a drop in suicide figures in 2006, but warned that local prisons remain the worst hit for suicides among their inmates.

  • March 21, 2007

    A network of independent prison monitoring groups is to be headed up by the Bishop of Worcester, Dr Peter Selby, who is an advocate of reform and of restorative justice.

  • February 6, 2007

    The Church of England's General Synod is to be debate the Government's proposals to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system, as well as the crisis in Britain's prisons, it was announced yesterday.

  • February 2, 2007

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has criticized society's over-reliance on prisons ‚Ä' and is calling for a commission of enquiry into the penal justice system in the UK, which he says is failing both offenders and victims because it is not restorative.