United Kingdom: inspectors find squalid conditions, spiralling self-harm and violence at Bedford Prison
Europe Mental health Material conditions Violence United KingdomHM Inspector of Prisons says that conditions at HMP Bedford have deteriorated so sharply that they’ve had to issue an urgent notification for improvement.
Women Europe Mental health Material conditions Facilities Rehabilitation United KingdomIn 2022, a new type of detention facility was introduced into the Scottish prison system: Community Custody Units (CCUs). Through trauma informed principles, they empower women to manage their sentence plans and support their community integration. Interview.
Europe Rehabilitation NorwayShould incarceration primarily serve as a means of punishment or an opportunity for rehabilitation? The conventional approach in many countries has been to focus on punitive measures in the belief that harsh sentences act as a deterrent to crime. However, Norway’s experiment with a rehabilitation-o…
Europe Health Material conditions United KingdomPrisoners in some facilities forced to defecate in buckets overnight, a practice outlawed in 1996.
Europe Material conditions Work United KingdomDartmoor Prison is failing to provide adequate living conditions, education and work opportunities for its inmates, says an inspectors’ report.
Europe Material conditions Overcrowding United KingdomInspector criticises “degrading” conditions in prisons in correspondence to Government
Europe Mental health Suicide United KingdomInquests flag up gaps in the care of prisoners in relation to at least nine deaths in custody since 2021.
Europe Long-term prisoners Mental health Suicide United KingdomNine self-inflicted deaths of prisoners serving IPP sentences in 2022 was highest number since controversial introduction.
Europe Material conditions United KingdomUrgent action has been demanded over conditions at Wakefield’s high-security jail
Europe Material conditions Facilities Rehabilitation BelgiumHoogstraten Penitentiary School Centre (PSC) is an open prison operating in a 19th century castle. Kortrijk detention house is a small-scale facility located in an urban environment. Prison Insider examines their similarities and differences.
Europe Discipline Material conditionsRespect modules, an approach that originated in Spain, and dynamic security approaches aim to improve relationships in prison settings. However, their implementation encounters certain limitations. Valérie Icard, an associate researcher at CESDIP, focuses on these questions. Interview.
Europe Social ties Rehabilitation FranceRyan* was incarcerated at Fresnes in April 2019. He stayed there for fourteen months. He speaks about being arrested right in front of his daughter, who was four years old at the time, the sadness of visits, and the difficulty of being far away, of feeling powerless and useless.
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North America Europe Social ties RehabilitationMaintaining relationships is often seen more as a means than an end: its status as a basic human right has been erased, and instead the prison service has assigned it a role in reintegration. What are the consequences for prisoners and for their loved ones?
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