Prisons in the Press – 1 May

Fire, drugs and politics dominate the headlines this week

 

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

Cells had to be evacuated at Maghaberry Prison on Thursday after a fire broke out. The Belfast Telegraph reports.

So many drugs are thrown over the walls of HMP Altcourse that some badly thrown packages ended up on 60-foot roof. A cherry picker was hired by prison staff to collect them. The Mirror has the story.

 

Revealed this week

More than 200 children, some as young as 12, were held in police cells while suffering mental health crises last year because of a lack of suitable hospital beds The Independent reveals.

The Daily Mail says the number of sex attackers in Britain’s prisons has reached a record level. It claims that almost one in five of the 72,000 inmates in England and Wales is serving time for a sex crime (but not quite as many as the sub-heading on its web page would suggest).

72,000 sex offenders in England & Wales might be overstating the case just a little. Source: Daily Mail

72,000 sex offenders in England & Wales might be overstating the case just a little. Source: Daily Mail

 

In politics this week

Still not sure who to vote for? Look no further. The Prison Watch team are getting ready for the election! See what all the parties said in their 2015 manifestos about prisons with our handy guide here.

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In comment this week

Chris Grayling should be voted out according to Eric Allison in the Guardian. Find out why here…



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