PRISONS IN THE PRESS – 25 JANUARYPosted: January 25, 2015
A fortnight of prison news: What’s been written and by whom? All the need-to-know articles to keep you up to date on prisons in the press.
Reports of staffing shortages have flooded the press over the last fortnight. Across the UK the declining number of trained staff is having a detrimental impact on violence levels, rehabilitation schemes and staff safety.
HOT OFF THE PRESS
“Chronic staffing shortages” at HMP Garth, Lancashire, mean the prison is running on a “restricted regime,” the BBC reported last Wednesday.
Violence levels are increasing at Northumberland prison, where staff “fear their lives are at risk”. The remaining officers at Chelmsford Prison warn are struggling to run rehabilitation programmes. The Chronicle reports.
And police could be deployed to quell unrest at Feltham prison after a report published last week found high levels of “unpredictable and reckless” gang related violence. The Guardian reports.
INVESTIGATED THIS WEEK
Staff are facing unprecedented levels of pressure and danger in a “chaotic system”.
File on Four investigates the long-term impact of these underlying staff shortages and asks if UK prisons are reaching crisis point.
ACROSS THE CHANNEL
Locking up Muslims for extreme views in France and Britain turns prisons into recruitment pools. In the wake of Charlie Hebdo killings, Kim Sengupta argues in the Independent that the rising numbers of extremists being sent to prison will not prevent terrorist attacks.
IN OTHER NEWS…
Entrepreneurial prisoners battle head to head in a fight for a fresh start. David Cohen wrote in the London Evening Standard last Friday of the Dragons’ Den scheme behind bars.
Watch out for the next instalment of prisons in the press, as always, keeping you up to date with all you need to know.