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…

Prisons to get ‘biggest overhaul in a generation’

Prisons to get ‘biggest overhaul in a generation’

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37854358 Prisons in England and Wales are to see their biggest overhaul in a generation, Justice Secretary Liz Truss has said. She unveiled a White Paper detailing £1.3bn investment…

Incarcerated Workers Event in London this November

Incarcerated Workers Event in London this November

Incarcerated Workers in the UK A joint event by Incarcerated Workers, London IWW and Radical Assembly South East London A talk by members of the Incarcerated Workers Organising Commitee on…

Prisons: places of harm and dehabilitation

Prisons: places of harm and dehabilitation

Important article highlighting current conditions in the British Prison System. Source: https://www.opendemocracy.net/openjustice/prisons-places-of-harm-and-dehabilitation Dr David Scott 1 November 2016 Liz Truss promises penal reform but it places profits over people and…

Tell GMCA: No New Manchester Prisons!

Tell GMCA: No New Manchester Prisons!

Where: Manchester Town Hall, ALBERT SQUARE, M60 8 Manchester, United Kingdom August 10th is Prisoners’ Justice Day, an international call for “mourning, remembrance, advocacy and protest” in solidarity with those…

Prisoners serving indefinite sentences have high self-harm rate

Prisoners serving indefinite sentences have high self-harm rate

More reasons we need to smash IPP… Source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/23/prisoners-indefinite-sentences-high-self-harm-rate Figures show more self-harm among 4,100 inmates serving indeterminate sentences than among those on life sentences Penal reformers say the level…

Paramedics called to prison twice a day

Paramedics called to prison twice a day

Source: http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/emergency-services/2016/06/21/paramedics-called-to-prison-twice-a-day/ Ambulance call-outs to a prison that serves Shropshire have rocketed with paramedics attending almost twice a day. Featherstone Prison Crews were sent to HMP Featherstone on 92 occasions…

Another trans woman sent to men’s prison, despite government promises

Another trans woman sent to men’s prison, despite government promises

Source: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/06/04/another-trans-woman-sent-to-mens-prison-despite-government-promises/ Nick Duffy  4th June 2016, 11:59 AM The government had promised it would introduce more safeguards to protect trans people in prisons (Stock image) Another transgender woman is…

Merseyside prison to close next year

Merseyside prison to close next year

No doubt a new mega prison is on the horizon for Merseyside… Source: http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2016-05-26/merseyside-prison-to-close/ HMP Kennet Photo: PA A prison in Merseyside which is one of the most overcrowded in the…

Troubled history of Peterhead jail from ‘hate factory’ to health fears

Troubled history of Peterhead jail from ‘hate factory’ to health fears

Source: http://stv.tv/news/features/1353639-troubled-history-of-peterhead-jail-from-hate-factory-to-health-fears/ The ‘super-jail’ sits next to the old prison site where riots and hostage-takings once took place. ‘Hate factory’: Inside Scotland’s hardest jail. HEMEDIA/SWNS Group After over a century…

Trouble in prisons at “epidemic levels”

Trouble in prisons at “epidemic levels”

Source: http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2016-03-24/trouble-in-prisons-at-epidemic-levels/ Photo: ITV News A report says trouble in North West prisons has reached “epidemic proportions”. Prison officers here have been forced to deal with 125 incidents of “concerted…

Michael Gove announces plans for ‘reform prisons’

Michael Gove announces plans for ‘reform prisons’

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/16/michael-gove-announces-plans-for-reform-prisons Justice secretary says new prisons will have more autonomy – and will get power to take over failing jails Michael Gove gives evidence to the Commons justice committee…

The Corporate Greed of Strangers

The Corporate Greed of Strangers

Source: http://www.irr.org.uk/news/the-corporate-greed-of-strangers/ Written by John Grayson John Grayson reveals the spread of corporate involvement in the provision of asylum housing in the UK and northern Europe, and how outsourcing and private…

UK child prisons: thousands of injuries not disclosed by government

UK child prisons: thousands of injuries not disclosed by government

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/feb/13/young-offenders-institution-restraint-injuries Minister reveals number of injuries during restraint is almost five times higher than Youth Justice Board figure Adam Rickwood hanged himself after being restrained in a secure training…

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…

Attacks on prison staff reach highest level in at least 10 years

Attacks on prison staff reach highest level in at least 10 years

Source: https://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/attacks-on-prison-staff-reach-highest-level-in-at-least-10-years-11364036701786 Attacks on prison staff are at their highest level for at least a decade amid soaring levels of violence in jails, new figures reveal. Attacks on prison staff…

Prisoner stages rooftop protest at HMP Pentonville

Prisoner stages rooftop protest at HMP Pentonville

Source: http://www.camdennewjournal.com/prisonview POLICE negotiators were scrambled to Pentonville prison today (Wednesday) after an inmate climbed on to a roof and began screaming complaints about conditions inside the jail. I watched…