Prisons in the press – 15 March

Prison officers: undervalued, underpaid and up for industrial action.

Steve Davis’ photograph featured in the Daily Mail. A snapshot of youth incarceration in the United States.

Prisons in the press brings you the best articles from the past week to keep you up-to-date on prison news.

Hot off the press

Undervalued and underpaid: four out of five prison officers will miss out on a pay rise while teachers, doctors and soldiers will all see their salaries increase next year. Steve Gillan, General Secretary of the Prison Officers Association described the treatment of prison officers as “absolutely shocking”. The Guardian reports.

Prison officers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action amid fears that cuts will threaten staff safety. This comes after two officers were stabbed in Northern Ireland and three seriously injured in a Midlands prison. The Irish Mirror has the story.

A report by the Centre for Social Justice recommended that drug scanners be installed in 118 prisons to detect the entry of illegal substances. The Times reports.   

Interviewed this week

Sarah Payne, director for the National Offender Management Service in Wales describes a career spent in prisons. The Guardian has more.

In pictures this week

Photographs by Steve Davis featured in the Daily Mail show a bleak snapshot of the American juvenile prison system and a unique insight into youth incarceration.

In other news…

A nurse at HMP Pentonville has been struck off for attempting to steal therapeutic musical instruments. The instruments were discovered in Amos Moijueh’s possession when his bag was heard “rattling“. The maraca in question has since been recovered. The Islington Gazette has the inside story.

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