The media spokesperson for Prisons Org UK is Mark Leech

“I consider myself very lucky as Director General to have had you around – I consider you not only as a colleague but also as a friend” – Sir Martin Narey Director General HM Prison Service (1999-2006)

“The sanest best-informed commentator on prison issues” – Phil Wheatley, Director General HM Prison Service (2006-2013)

“An invaluable source of authoritative information about prisons – his experiences have given him answers to questions other ‘experts’ can only guess at” Baroness Scotland QC, HM Attorney General for England and Wales (2013)

For the last 20 years he has been the Editor of The Prisons Handbook, the definitive 1200-page annual reference book on the prison system of England and Wales. Mark is also Editor of the award-winning national monthly prisons newspaper Converse and his latest publication The Cell Companion 2018

Mark is a member of the NUJ and writes regularly for the national press, appearing frequently on Sky News, BBC News, and the Jeremy Vine programme on BBC Radio 2 as a prisons expert.

Recent articles

FIRE SAFETY SHOCK:  The scandal of fire safety in prisons

GRENFELL PRISONS: “An outstanding piece of investigative journalism”: Ian Dunt

HM PRISONS INSPECTORATE: A professional laughing stock?

Mark’s UK PA Andy Simpson: +44 (0)7836 717021