Prisons in the Press – 11 September

Officers rushed to hospital and the Prince is sent to prison

Prince William sent to ... Image: UK Parliament

Royal sent to HMP Highpoint South. Image: UK Parliament

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 shortage leads to rise in drugs and weapons at Surrey prison. The annual report for HMP Coldingley revealed that staffing cuts had also resulted in fewer searches, an increased use of legal highs and meant prisoners were sometimes locked in their cells for up to 15 hours. The BBC has the full story.

In context

This latest incident comes just weeks after the Independent Monitoring Board concluded that staffing cuts had placed the safe running of Onley Prison, Warwickshire, in jeopardy. We brought you all the details in 14th August Prisons in the Press.

It also follows Chief Inspector Nick Hardwick’s latest annual report in which he says that prisons in England and Wales are in their “worst state in 10 years” due to budget cuts and staff shortages. Read more here.

HM Inspectorate of Prisons annual report 2015

You can read the full version of HM Inspectorate of Prisons annual report here.

With staff and budget cuts on the rise just how much does it cost to be sent to prison? Find out here.

Investigated this week  

  1. Inmate of HMP Sudbury discovered dead in his cell last Friday. The death of Shazad Ali, 34, who was serving 16 years in the Derbyshire prison, will be investigated by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman after the Prison Service concluded that the cause of his death was unknown. The BBC has the story.
  2. Five prison officers rushed to hospital after a disturbance at a Sheppey prison. According to KentOnline an investigation has been launched after an incident of “indiscipline” broke out at HMP Swaleside, Kent. Several prisoners are thought to have been moved to other jails in the wake of the incident. Read more here.


Revealed this week  

Michael Gove unveils review of prison education in England and Wales. Gove has taken the first steps in his plans to introduce an “earned release” scheme for prisoners in England and Wales by appointing Sally Coates – a director of a group of 16 academies and seven independent schools – to carry out a review into the quality and methods of prison teaching.

The report, which is due by spring 2016, is seen as the preliminary step towards the introduction of the Justice Secretary’s “earned release” scheme, which links educational achievement to the date the inmates are released from prison. The Guardian has the full story.


In other news 

Prince William was sent to prison. The Duke of Cambridge, a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service, landed his air ambulance at HMP Highpoint South, Suffolk, so paramedics could treat a prisoner. The Express has the story.



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