Prisons in the press – 4 September

Sex, deaths and protests in this week’s news

Model prisoner? Perhaps not. See end of article.

Model prisoner? Well, not quite. Read to the end of article to find out. (Source: The Mirror)

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Prisons in the press brings you the best articles from the past week to keep you up-to-date on prison news.

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Three deaths at Winchester prison 

An inquest has been opened after three prisoners died at Winchester Prison in just over a month. Jason Payne, 40, from Farnborough was found unresponsive in his cell on August 17 and died later that day according to the Southern Daily Echo.

It comes weeks after the deaths of two other Winchester prisoners – fathers’ rights campaigner Haydn Burton and 22-year-old Daryl Hargrave. Both are understood to have been found hanging in their cells. The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman is probing all three deaths.

 

Protest against Welsh “super-prison” 

Around 20 protesters staged a demonstration at the site of a new “super-prison” on an industrial estate near Wrexham this week according to The Daily Post. They staged a peaceful protest by blocking vehicles going into the construction site.

The prison is due to open in 2017 at a cost of £212m and house an estimated 2,100 inmates.

 

A “safe and decent” prison 

Lancaster Farms has been found to be “safe and decent” with support for vulnerable prisoners according to the Chief Inspector’s latest report.

However, the report said there is still work to be done on risk assessments of inmates before their release was “seriously flawed” and the needs of some disabled prisoners were not being met according to the BBC.

The first report since the former young offenders’ institution became a category C adult prison said living conditions were good and praised the work to reintegrate prisoners into the community.

 

Sex in prison 

A model claimed she was allowed to have “birthday sex” with her prisoner boyfriend at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex as guards stood by outside according to The Mirror.

The news comes shortly after it was revealed that a notorious gangster who was jailed for a drive-by shooting has been taking selfies of him enjoying sex sessions while in hospital.

Prisons Minister Andrew Selous said: “We have opened an urgent investigation into these allegations.

“If they are proven, the public will rightly be shocked that a convicted offender should be able to behave like this while serving a prison sentence.”



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