Prisons in the Press – 30 March

Super Prisons, Violent Prisons and Debtors’ Prisons

Strangeways prison

Photo of Strangeways prison that has experienced the most notorious prison riot in the UK.  Kenneth Williamson via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

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:

 

The reactions to last weeks news that the government had intervened to stop Frances Crook the director of the Howard League visiting some of the UK private prisons have continued this week.

On Monday, Cooke published wrote a piece for the guardian comment is free section entitled – ‘Banning Me From Prisons wont silence the Truth’

Furthermore, Lib Dem MP Julian Hubbert,  an early day motion in the house of Commons to discuss the independent monitoring of prisons, which has been signed by 19 MP s so far.

A debate was held in the House of lords after Lord Ramsbotham authored a question about the governments intervention. Read the full debate here.

The government is yet to make a public apology.

 

Something to shout about:

 

In another comment blog by Frances Crook entitled ‘Bringing Back Debtors Prisons’ she described some of the governments new legislation due to come in on 13th April as “detached from reality”.

Part of the new rules will see an additional fine incurred following every single conviction, breach or failed appeal in the criminal courts. Its aim is to make those who commit crimes incur the administration costs. However, it could potentially lead to an increase in governments debts and prison populations.

 

Revealed this week:

 

Graylings super-prison has been approved this week. The £212m project that can house up to 2100 inmates has been officially signed before parliament has been dissolved. The government has also added several punitive penalty clauses that will make it very expensive for any incoming government to cancel the prison contract. The Guardian has more.

 

Fears about the state of British prisons have been heightened after figures released in The Guardian showed that the number of call outs for the prison’s anti riot squad has doubled since 2010, and the number of hostage situations had quadrupled over the same period.

 

In other news …

 

The Independent published survey data showing that for the first time ever, most British people do not support the death penalty.

Back in 1986 74% of the population agreed that execution was the most appropriate punishment for some crimes. In the latest survey, covering 2014, only 48% of respondents said capital punishment was appropriate – down from 54% in 2013.

 

 

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