Prisons in the press – 20th April

Prisons go into “purdah” for the elections

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

Amid the election rhetoric and politician’s pledges aplenty it’s been a quiet week in the press for prisons.

However, last time we checked they were still there… All 150 of them, from Wormwood Scrubs to Inverness, from Glen Parva to Holloway.

So why the sudden silence?

In the build up to the election prisons go into a state of ‘press lock down’ under Purdah. That means no access to prisons for journalists until after 8 May.

“We cannot do proactive media in this period – which means we are not granting journalists access to prisons.” Sarah Thacker, Ministry of Justice Press Officer.

In light of this ‘lock down’, Prisons in the Press will bring you a handy break down of the manifestos instead. We will be looking at what the major parties are pledging and what it really means for the UK’s prisons.

TWITTER: @prisonwatchuk 

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