Prisons in the press – 14th AugustPosted: August 14, 2015
Slammer sold as student digs and a busy week for the Chief Inspector of prisons .
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
Staffing cuts place the safe running of Onley Prison in jeopardy. Though staff at the Warwickshire Prison were praised for ‘creating a culture of decency‘. A report by the Independent Monitoring Board said the reduced level of prison officers was putting the institution under unsustainable pressure. The Northamptonshire Telegraph has the story.
At the Prison Services Network Conference in February, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick commented:
“There is simply not enough staff to run prisons safely.”
Nick Hardwick later echoed this in his annual report by comparing UK prisons now to when he started his job in July 2010. The report found that there were 29 per cent fewer full-time staff in post in public sector prisons in December 2014 than there were in March 2010 (reduced from 45,080 to 32,100).
To read more about how the situation has changed during Nick Hardwick’s five years in office click here.
Revealed this week
- A bold new book lifts the lid on LGBT issues in prison. First-hand accounts of prisoners and staff from HMP Parc in south Wales reveal the struggles of those who are openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender behind bars in ‘Inside and Out‘. Erwin James for the Guardian has more.
- An upgrade costing £4.37 million for doomed prison was ‘bad planning.’ The Express reports that more than £4 million was spent renovating Scotland’s women’s prison, HMP Cornton Vale in Stirling, despite ministers knowing it is about to close.
Protested this week
Protesters demand closure of Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre for women as UK prisons inspector calls for time limits on detention of migrants without trial. Nick Hardwick said the Serco-run Yarl’s Wood centre was of “national concern” after an unannounced inspection found it was failing to meet the needs of the most vulnerable women. The Guardian has the story here.
In other news
Liverpool Bridewell prison has this week been marketed as “student accommodation with a difference”. The Liverpool Echo reports that Bridewell, which opened on Cheapside in the 1850s, offers students the chance to live in a property steeped in history in the centre of the vibrant city.