Violence, acts of protest, prison conditions, justice reforms: find out what is new about prisons and justice in this country. Prison Insider monitors the press on a regular basis.
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17/03/2021. Third of remand prisoners in England being held beyond legal time limit for trials
More than 3,600 people – almost a third of England’s remand prison population – have been held beyond the legal time limit awaiting trials as the pandemic wreaks havoc on the legal process. — The Guardian
11/02/2021 Voting in prison should be mandatory – here’s why
In the US, 48 states and the district of Columbia ban prisoners from voting. Far from banning prisoners from voting or making it difficult for them to vote, we think democratic governments should legally oblige felons to vote and call them to account if they don’t. The conversation
02/03/2021. Government’s trans women prison policy to be challenged at the High Court
A prisoner who says she was sexually assaulted in jail is taking the Ministry of Justice to the High Court over its policy of placing trans women in women’s prisons. — Metro News
11/02/2021. Short prison sentences for women are ineffective and a waste of money – investment is needed in rehabilitation.
The government vowed to reduce the number of females locked up and tackle the ‘underlying causes of offending’, its new 500 new prison cell plan proves it is planning to fail. - The Independent
31/01/2021. Welsh language speaker alleges discrimination at Britain’s largest prison.
In 2018, while recognising HMP Berwyn’s progress, the Welsh language commissioner Meri Huws found that Welsh speakers in prison avoided using Welsh. This is because they feared it would make their lives more difficult. - The Canary
29/01/2021. The mother, the baby and the prison: a better future?
There are currently thirteen female prisons across England with only six of them accommodating mother and baby units providing care for women and their babies. With around 17,000 children being separated from their mothers after the first 18 months, it raises the question, is there another way? - Prison phone
24/01/2021. Terrorism watchdog to open inquiry into radicalisation in prison
An inquiry into the way prisons deal with convicted terrorists is being launched by the independent terror watchdog amid concerns of growing radicalisation behind bars. — The Guardian
06/01/2021. South Wales women more likely to end up in prison than rest of UK
Women across South Wales were given 340 prison sentences last year – the highest across England and Wales. - Barry and district news
22/01/2021. Inmates at Verne prison without heating and hot water for “weeks”
Concerns have been raised for the welfare of staff and inmates at the Verne prison on Portland after boilers broke down. It has been claimed that inmates were left in conditions ‘not fit for animals’ for around three weeks. - Dorset Echo
15/02/2021. Erlestoke prison inmates self-harmed hundreds of times in one year
Inmates harmed themselves hundreds of times while behind bars at Erlestoke Prison in a year, figures reveal. - This is Wiltshire
08/02/2021. Styal Prison sees most self-harm among inmates in England and Wales
There were more incidents of self-harm among inmates at Styal Prison than anywhere else in England and Wales last year, new figures reveal. - Knutsford Guardian
05/02/2021. Prison lockdowns and mental distress of pandemic believed to have led to shocking self-harm rates of HMP Berwyn inmates
Inmates harmed themselves more than 1,000 times while behind bars at Berwyn Prison in the last year, figures reveal. - The Leader
27/03/2021. Lockdown in lockdown, I watched the country close while in prison
Steve Newark was in prison as the pandemic spread. He came out into a world that had changed beyond recognition — The Big issue
24/03/2021. Prisoners at Nottinghamshire prison help make PPE for NHS staff
Prisoners at HMP Lowdham Grange have so far made 1,200 sets of scrubs, 716 surgical gowns, 470 surgical caps and more than 16,000 face coverings for the NHS to use during the pandemic. — Chad
11/02/2021.. What it is like in prison during the coronavirus pandemic.
Prisoners said that violence, intimidation and bullying had not stopped, but had instead taken other forms - Gloucestershire Live
19/01/2021.. Commission concerned about COVID prison conditions.
Renewed concerns about the management of COVID-19 in Scotland’s prisons have been raised by the Scottish Human Rights Commission. In a letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousaf, the Commission seeks assurances that steps will be taken to address the rising prison population, which it says is fast approaching pre-lockdown levels. - Law Society of Scotland
13/02/2021. Hundreds of prison staff are fired over sex, drugs and dozing as Ministry of Justice sacks three employees every week
Prison staff are being sacked at the rate of three a week for offences including corruption, fraud and bedding inmates, shocking official figures reveal. - Daily mail online
03/01/2021. “Deep crisis” in British prisons as use of force against inmates doubles.
The use of force against inmates has doubled over the past decade, amid continuing concern over high levels of violence and disorder in prisons. A loss of experienced prison staff, overcrowding and a subsequent growth in violence against both prisoners and staff has been blamed for force being used 49,111 times in England and Wales in the 12 months before the Covid pandemic began. - The Guardian
Contact with the outside world
28/01/2021.. Phones provided to Cork prison inmates during Covid-19 pandemic
In cell phones were provided for inmates of Cork prison during the past year to help them retain contact with their families during the Covid-19 restrictions. The measure was highlighted in a new report from the Irish Penal Reform Trust. - Echo Live
04/01/2021.. Julian Assange to seek release from prison after extradition ruling
Julian Assange will make a fresh appeal to be released from prison this week after a British judge ruled that he cannot be extradited to the US to face charges of espionage and hacking government computers. - The Guardian
03/02/2021. Nine buildings and 1,680 prison cells constructed at Wellingborough’s new prison in just 45 weeks
The new prison is due to open early next year. - Northamptonshire Telegraph
23/01/2021. Hundreds of new cells to be built in women’s jails despite repeat calls to reduce prison population
The Government had promised the early release of some 4,000 prisoners at the start of the pandemic, but instead the Ministry of Justice has announced that it is to build up to 500 new prison cells in women’s jails. - I news