Prisons in the press – 13th AprilPosted: April 13, 2015
Probation under scrutiny and 25 years after Strangeways, what lessons have we learnt?
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 ban on prisoners who have a history of absconding being moved to open prisons has been declared unlawful by the high court. The Times has the story.
Sodexo announced plans to replace probation officers with machine style kiosks in a bid to cut costs. Alan Travis of the Guardian reports.
What will be the impact of reducing our ever-expanding prison population to an algorithm? John Podmore writes about the commodification of rehabilitation in the Guardian this week.
On camera this week
The BBC marked the 25th anniversary of the Strangeways Riots by bringing together the ring leaders of the trouble with the prison guards they rose up against. With unparalleled access and remarkably candid testimonies, this documentary brings a real insight into the conflict.
In comment this week
Have we failed to learn the lessons from Strangeways? Twenty five years later our prisons remain dangerously overcrowded. Charlie Gilmour of the Independent asks, are we about to see a repeat?
“A massive and dangerous social experiment that will not, and cannot, work.” Tasmin Rutter of the Guardian speaks to probation staff. Increasing workloads, inadequate training and divided teams, just some of the complaints in the wake of privatisation.
For a full break down of the privatisation of the probation service take a look at the Prison Watch UK timeline.