riots

EXCLUSIVE! Prisoners Owe £2.25 million in Unpaid Prison Damage Compensation Orders.

Prisoners in England and Wales owe £2.25million to the taxpayer for damage caused to prisons and prison property. Since a change to the Prison Rules that came into effect in November 2013, prisons in England and Wales have been able to impose a requirement that a prisoner pay compensation via a Damage Obligation Order (doo) […]

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), […]

Oakwood Incident Resolved

An incident lasting more than five hours at the country’s largest prison has been resolved, security firm G4S has said. The trouble broke out on a wing at HMP Oakwood in Featherstone, near Wolverhampton, yesterday evening, but the operator of the privately-run prison would not give any further details. The incident was contained by staff before being […]

Prison Service Riots Teams Call Outs At Record High

The prisons specialist tactical response ‘Tornado’ team that attends serious incidents was called out more times in the first eight months of this year than in the whole of 2012, prompting Labour to warn of a growing crisis in prisons. Tornado Teams from the National Tactical Response Group (NTRG) was called out 132 times in […]

Prison Disturbances: tip of an iceberg?

Government cuts to prisons sparked a disturbance involving around 40 inmates at a jail in Kent, the Prison Officers’ Association have warned – while another prisons expert said it was the tip of an iceberg. Police and fire crews had to be deployed to Maidstone Prison when the trouble erupted in one of the wings. […]

Legal Aid Cuts Threaten ‘World Renown’ British Justice System – and riots in our jails

Government plans to overhaul legal aid threaten to destroy the “world-renowned” British justice system, barristers have told ministers – and prison experts have said the measures threaten such a level of national unrest inside our jails that they could eventually cost far more than any potential savings would ever hope to save. The Bar Council, […]