Prison Officers Association

Prison Officers Association Fined £210,000: It’s Time Now for a Real Fresh Start

Jump to the Court Judgement Jump to ‘Time for Honesty’ – Mark Leech The trade union that represents prison officers has been fined £210,000 for two “deliberate breaches” of an anti-strike injunction – a fine one prisons expert has described as a ‘vital and necessary warning’ . The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) took legal action to enforce […]

The shocking real world true story of life behind today’s prison gates

By Mark Leech This is a brutally honest account of life on the other side of the prison gate – it comes from a senior manager, working in a prison today where the majority of prisoners are serving long term sentences; this person has been in the Prison Service for over 20 years, and I […]

Prison Reform isn’t helped when lazy journalism meets an outdated Trade Union

By Mark Leech, Editor of The Prisons Handbook for England and Wales. “Inmates to be handed cell keys” – the headline to Richard Ford’s article in The Times today on the new Incentives policy framework for prisons issued by the Ministry of Justice yesterday, stretches disingenuousness to the very edge of dishonesty. Let’s cut straight […]

Prison Officers’ Walk-Out: Concerns Justified Government Tells Union

Concerns over prison violence that sparked a mass walk-out by officers have been recognised by the Government as “justified”, their union said. Members of the POA, the trade union for prison staff, were told to return to work by 1pm following “meaningful engagement” with prisons minister Rory Stewart. Mr Stewart “recognised that our concerns are justified and need addressing” […]

Prison Officers: The Mental Impact of Physical Assaults

Prison officers picketing at under-fire prison HMP Bedford on Friday have told of the violence they have lived through. A damning report from the prisons watchdog found a “complete breakdown” in order at the facility and the highest rates of assaults on staff in the country. Richard Gilbert, an officer there for 14 years, described suffering with […]

Prison Officers Protests Over Violence and Safety Concerns – ‘Justified’ Says Minister

Updated: 1630 Click Here Concerns over prison violence that sparked a mass walk-out by officers have been recognised by the Government as “justified”, their union said. Members of the POA, the trade union for prison staff, were told to return to work by 1pm following “meaningful engagement” with prisons minister Rory Stewart. Mr Stewart “recognised that […]

POA Former General Secretary Predicts ‘Severe Disruption’ Ahead for Prisons

The former General Secretary of the Prison Officers Association (POA) has predicted that prison officers are on course for more severe prison protests. Brian Caton, who retired as General Secretary in 2012, told Converse that he believes the membership of his former union will reject the improved offer made by the Ministry of Justice last […]

‘Real Fear’ Prison Officers Are About To Reject The MOJ Pay & Conditions Offer

There is a real fear among prison officers leaders that their membership are set to reject the pay and conditions offer made to them this week by the Ministry of Justice, sources have told Converse. The wide-ranging offer, accepted by the Prison Officers’ Association, gives prison officers a reduction in pension age to 65, the […]