Prisons in the press – 22 March

Sex, suicides and the Howard League blocked from visiting private prisons.  


The Howard League’s commission into sex in prison


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:

“There is sex in prisons. Get over it!” said Frances Crook of the Howard League. A report revealed last week the extent of both consensual and coercive sex in prisons. The Prison Watch UK live blog has the whole story.

Riot police were called yet again to Doncaster Jail last week. This comes amid concern that violence in prisons in rising to unprecedented levels. The Epworth Bells reports. 

Revealed this week:

An increase in suicides are linked to prison staff cuts, according to a parliamentary report. The Justice Minister remains “complacent” over the connection. The Independent has more.


More than 500 Black and Asian people have died in custody over the last 24 years, without a single official being successfully prosecuted. A report by the Institute of Race Relations reveals. The Observer covers the story. 

Something to shout about:

Frances Crook of the Howard League has been blocked from visiting two G4S prisons. A letter from the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) cited her “comments about private prisons” as the reason for denying access. The New Statesman has the rest of the story.


Over 100 people marched to Downing street on Tuesday to hand in a petition with over 10,000 signatories that called for the end of joint enterprise law. The Prison Watch UK team were there, we have the story!


Featured this week:

The reality of Graylings probation reforms come under scrutiny by Monica Ali in the Guardian as she follows one woman’s path through the prison gates.


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