Prisons in the press – 17th July

Cockroach infestation in Pentonville and a busy week for Michael Gove

Cockroaches found in Pentonville prison. Image source: Amber Brooke, Flickr.

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

Prisons in England and Wales are in their worst state for 10 years. Violence, self harm and suicides are on the rise found the chief prison’s inspectors annual report. The BBC has more. 

In context

Deaths, assaults and self-harm have all increased significantly resulting in “safety” levels that are at their lowest in 10 years (see Figure 1 below). At the same time, “purposeful activity” that is supposed to contribute to rehabilitation and “resettlement” is at its lowest level in a decade.

Outcomes in prisons in England & Wales over 10 years

We’ve brought you the full run down, read the rest of our post here. 


Revealed this week

A cockroach infestation has been discovered at Pentonville prison, the Islington Gazette has the exclusive. This comes just one week after a damning report condemned the prison, we brought you the details in last weeks Prisons in the press.


Protested this week

A man has taken to the roof of HMP Liverpool in Walton in a protest over legal aid cuts. The Liverpool Echo has the story.


Gove this week

Justice minister Michael Gove has been busy this week. We applaud his decision to overturn Grayling’s limit on books. The Financial Times has more. 

The Justice minister has also suggested that prisoners who study hard should be granted early release. The Guardian has details of his proposal.

Mr Gove has also been hinted that community sentencing and electronic tagging could be used to halt the rising prison population. The Guardian reports.

One Comment on “Prisons in the press – 17th July”

  1. […] and play tennis and have a re-offending rate of 16 per cent. As reported in last week’s Prisons in the Press, prisons in England and Wales are in their worst state for a decade, with more than 50 per cent of […]


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