Prisons in the press – 24th April

Muslim extremism, racist attacks and “super-prisons” in this week’s news.

We are monster, a film about a racist murder in prison is due to be released next week. Source: @WeAreMonster

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 Howard League for Penal Reform has called on politicians to create proper work places in prisons and allow prisoners to pay tax and national insurance. Labour and Liberal Democrats are interested in the idea.

An inmate who killed himself at Dovegate prison in Staffordshire in 2013 had been wrongly removed from a safe hospital ward despite severe mental health problems, an inquest has found.


New research

Research published this week by the Henry Jackson Society, a think-tank, showed that the number of people convicted of Muslim extremism has increased in the last five years amid growing fears of terrorism recidivism. The Telegraph has the story.

Academics at Cardiff University have warned that Wrexham’s new “super prison”, which is due to open in 2017, is likely to have significant financial implications for health services in Wales. Local health boards will be responsible for providing health services for prisoners at what will be Western Europe’s second largest prison.


In other news 

Justice minister Chris Grayling has been called an incompetent recidivist for cutting a victim awareness programme in Brixton prison.

In another article, the FT argues that proper access to books in prisons can reduce recidivism. 


On screens 

A film called We Are Monster to be released in May tells the harrowing story of Zahid Mubarek, a 19-year-old Asian man who was killed by his racist cellmate hours before the former was due to be released from Feltham prison 15 years ago. Observers are concerned about the increased likelihood of racist attacks in British prisons.

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