The Prisons Handbook 2022: published November 2021.
The Prisons Handbook 2022 will be published on 15th November 2021, with a foreword by the former Director General of HM Prison Service, Sir Martin Narey DL.
Sir Martin Narey DL.
The Prisons Handbook 2022 is dedicated to an extraordinary woman on what is the 80th anniversary of her death and the centenary of her retirement as the first female Inspector of Prisons.
Dr Mary Louisa Gordon (born 15 August 1861 − died 5 May 1941) was appointed as the first English Lady Inspector of Prisons in 1908, and remained in post until 1921. Her attitude towards and treatment of women prisoners as explained in her 1922 book Penal Discipline (available here free to enhanced members of The Prison Oracle), stands in sharp contrast to that of her male contemporaries, and the categorisation of her approach as ‘feminist’ is reinforced by her documented connections with the suffragette movement. Yet her feminist and suffragist associations also resulted in the marginalisation and dismissal of her work, such that Mary Gordon and Penal Discipline are virtually unknown today. Nevertheless, her insights into the position and needs of women prisoners retain a striking contemporary relevance.
Dame Anne Owers DBE
Modern Day Independent Monitoring
Dame Anne Owers DBE was the first woman to be appointed to the post of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons. But more significantly, she was one of the most renowned campaigners for human rights and law reform, and it was as the Director of the human rights and law reform group Justice from 1992 to 2001 that she gained national recognition as a Human Rights campaigner. Today she is the National Chair of Independent Monitoring Boards, an organisation frequently criticised, some say unfairly, for being too close to the Ministry of Justice which selects all its members to ‘independently’ monitor its own prisons. Here Dame Anne answers its critics.
Stephen Gillan, General Secretary of the Prison Officers’ Association.
Prison Officers’ Pay, Pensions and Retirement.
Steve Gillan is the son of a Shipyard Worker from Greenock, Scotland, married with two adult children he lives in Basildon, Essex. Steve left school in 1979 and had a variety of jobs including banking and Ford Motor Company before joining the Prison Service in 1989 as a Prison Officer at HMP Chelmsford. Promoted to Senior Officer in 1997 and transferred to HMP Bullwood Hall he held positions at both prisons as the Prison Officers’ Branch Secretary. In 2001 he worked at HMP Pentonville as a Senior Officer and was promoted to Principal Officer. In 2010 he was elected as the General Secretary of the Prison Officers’ Association. In this frank examination of Prison Officers’, pay – largely frozen for 2021-2022 – Steve also looks at the issue of requiring Prison Officers to retire at the age of 68 and says it has no place in a modern prison system.
At 1,600 pages it is the definitive annual reference book on the prison system of England and Wales and has been for over 25 years.
“The Prisons Handbook has for many years been an excellent example of clear effective communication providing a comprehensive guide to prisons for prisoners, their families and for practitioners across the Criminal Justice System. Alongside the equally excellent Prison Oracle website it provides a window into the Prison system which is immensely valuable – and as important today as it has ever been!” Michael Spurr, from his Foreword to The Prisons Handbook 2021.
“An incredible reference book on Prisons; I keep a copy in my top drawer
and I refer to it frequently” Director General, HM Prison Service.
“Strongly recommended” Chief Executive HM Prison & Probation Service 2021.
““The essential vade mecum for accurate information on the prison system of England and Wales.”
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