End Toxic Prisons Tour – Autumn 2017

End Toxic Prisons Tour – Autumn 2017

Announcing the End Toxic Prisons Tour – Autumn 2017! This Autumn, the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons from the US will be touring the UK with Community Action on Prison…

Suicide and self-harm in prisons hit worst ever levels

Suicide and self-harm in prisons hit worst ever levels

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jun/29/suicide-and-self-harm-in-prisons-hit-worst-ever-levels Public spending watchdog says it is unclear how inmates’ mental health can be improved with current levels of funding and insufficient data ‘When prisons are short-staffed … prisoners…

Teenager killed himself in prison after getting deportation letter

Teenager killed himself in prison after getting deportation letter

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/28/teenager-killed-himself-in-prison-after-getting-deportation-letter Ondrej Suha was found hanged in his cell after reading that he could be sent back to Slovakia, which he left at age of four Helen Pidd North…

Bedford riot highlights appalling conditions in UK prisons

Bedford riot highlights appalling conditions in UK prisons

Source: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/11/09/pris-n09.html By John Newham and Robert Stevens 9 November 2016 More than 200 inmates at Bedford prison, southern England, rioted Sunday evening. Footage from inside the facility posted online…

Government formally announces Wellingborough Prison plans

Government formally announces Wellingborough Prison plans

Source: http://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/update-government-formally-announces-wellingborough-prison-plans-1-7660585 By Stephanie Weaver The Ministry of Justice has officially announced that a new category C prison will be built on the site of the mothballed Wellingborough Prison. The…

Women given TENTS when released from prison with nowhere to go

Women given TENTS when released from prison with nowhere to go

 Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/women-given-tents-released-prison-7742979 PA A cell in the new HMP Bronzefield in Ashford Middlesex Women have been given tents when they were released from prison with nowhere to go, a watchdog…

Part Two – Our Sisters Inside

Part Two – Our Sisters Inside

This blog post intends to explore the issues of women’s imprisonment in England, Wales and Scotland. It is written by an ex-prisoner who identifies as a woman. It is part…

Scotland has highest prison population in EU, study reveals

Scotland has highest prison population in EU, study reveals

Source: http://www.scotsman.com/news/scotland-has-highest-prison-population-in-eu-study-reveals-1-4053733 SCOTLAND’S prison population rate has risen by more than 10 per cent in a decade, according to a major new report. The study by the Council of Europe…

Gove: I can reform prisons without cutting inmate numbers

Gove: I can reform prisons without cutting inmate numbers

Another article highlighting how the British Government have no intention of reducing the number of people in prison. Source: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/01/gove-prison-reform-reducing-inmate-numbers Justice secretary says his programme can work without reducing prisoner…

One Hundred Babies Locked Up In UK Prisons

One Hundred Babies Locked Up In UK Prisons

Source: http://news.sky.com/story/1637400/one-hundred-babies-locked-up-in-uk-prisons One hundred babies spent time living in prison last year, statistics show. The figures have prompted David Cameron to demand a review of how to deal with new…

Female prisoners more likely to self-harm than male counterparts

Female prisoners more likely to self-harm than male counterparts

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2016/jan/29/female-prisoners-more-likely-self-harm-statistics New statistics reveal the challenges women face in criminal justice system HMP Holloway. The proportion of women in prisons has decreased since the beginning of the 20th century….

Five suicides among 16 prison deaths in North East, figures show

Five suicides among 16 prison deaths in North East, figures show

Source: http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/local-news/five-suicides-among-16-prison-deaths-in-north-east-figures-show-1-7702574 Five people took their own lives in prisons in the North East during 2015 as the suicide rate behind bars remained at an ‘alarmingly high level,’ new figures…