Prisons in the press – 7 June

Self-harm and overcrowding top the agenda once again

Overcrowding overcrowding overcrowding.


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

1) Levels of self harm rose dramatically in 2014 at a Northumberland prison, a report reveals. The Northumberland Gazette has the story.


Last year, there were self-inflicted deaths at 53 different prisons, 56 per cent more than the previous year. The total number of suicides was 89. 

In the Self inflicted deaths of prisoners annual report, ombudsman Nigel Newcomen said:

“I remain shocked by the evident level of despair and the degree of need among the prisoners who took their own lives”


2) Problems recruiting new prison officers at Downview jail, Epsom, has seen the prison left unused since 2013, The Epsom Guardian has more. 


The government has said there are “no imminent plans” to reopen Downview because “there is enough space in existing prisons”. Is this really the case?

Just last week a damning report found Dovegate prison to be overcrowded with “serious problems”. We brought you the details in last weeks Prisons in the press.

That’s not all. The HM inspectorate of prisons annual report found this year that overcrowding was a serious issue in many prisons, making rehabilitation programmes and other services insufficient for the size of the population.


Revealed this week 

A prison officer at Belmarsh prison has been jailed for leaking information to the press for cash. The Guardian reports.


In other news…

What can you learn at prison? The Independent examines some unexpected habits picked up behind bars.


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