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 […]

Thameside IMB Annual Report: “There are 70+ gangs with members in the prison who need to be kept apart.”

        The Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Thameside, a public sector prison in London, has published it annual report. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Introduction HMP Thameside holds a diverse and fluctuating prisoner population with different needs (young and elderly, remand and convicted [short and long sentences], UK and foreign nationals). Every day it accepts whomever […]

£1 Million Paid For Lost Prisoner Property

Prisoners have received more than a million pounds in compensation for lost or damaged property in the last five years, new figures reveal. Over 13,000 taxpayer-funded payouts have been made since 2013 for items including clothing, trainers, DVD players and hair clippers. In December, the Press Association revealed that 10,357 compensation payments were issued to […]

HMP Doncaster – “A very poor prison, safety a major concern” say Inspectors

Safety was a major concern at HMP Doncaster and a lack of staff was contributing to problems, said Martin Lomas, Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the South Yorkshire local jail. HMP Doncaster, which opened in 1994 and is managed by Serco, holds just over 1,000 […]

May denies prison radicalisation is caused by staff shortages

Home Secretary Theresa May has rejected claims that staff shortages are hindering efforts to prevent Islamic radicalisation in prisons – and has been supported in doing so by prison experts. The former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office has warned that stretched resources are making it increasingly difficult to find the needle in […]

Prison key compromises costs half a million

Prison keys have been lost or taken out of jails by accident more than 200 times since 2010 leading to more than half a million pounds of taxpayers’ money being spent on relocking them, official figures show. Under the coalition £514,584 of public money has been spent relocking prisons while keys have been lost or […]

HMP Send – A very effective women’s prison

HMP Send was a safe and decent prison which did excellent work to rehabilitate the women it held, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing the report of an unannounced inspection of the women’s prison in Surrey. HMP Send holds just over 280 convicted women prisoners, well over half of whom are serving long […]

Prison Officer Assaults up by 45%

The number of serious assaults on prison officers by offenders has risen significantly under the coalition prompting one prisons expert to predict our prisons are on the verge of serious unrest. A total of 543 assaults by prisoners on officers in jails were referred to the police in 2012, a 45% rise from the 374 […]

Prison undercrowding is a problem to ponder

The Dutch government is facing an unusual crisis: Prison undercrowding. There are now more guards and other staff than prisoners in the Netherlands for the first time, according to data released by the Justice Ministry. In 2008, there were more than 15,000 inmates, but by March this year there were just 9,710, compared with 9,914 […]

Rising numbers of Prison Muslims are “fuelling extremism”

Rising numbers of prisoners are becoming ‘convenience Muslims’ leading to heightened tensions with guards and fuelling extremism, the head of the Prison Officers’ Association has warned. Union general secretary Steve Gillan said that many prisoners were turning to Islam to win benefits, and to gain the status associated with being part of a gang. He […]

Prisoner Vote Decision Delayed Again

A decision over whether prisoners should be given the vote could delayed until after the next general election, the Justice Secretary has indicated. Chris Grayling said complex recommendations made by a cross-party committee about how to deal with the controversial issue had caused delays, and refused to rule out kicking the issue into the next […]

Jail Riot Squad Call Out On The Increase

Prison riot squads were called out to calm tensions in prisons almost four times every week on average last year prompting warnings that jails have become “dens of violence”. The National Tactical Response Group (NTRG) was called out to deal with 203 separate prisoner disturbances in 2013, a 57% rise on the previous year (129), […]