Prisons in the press – 22 JanuaryPosted: January 22, 2016
Prison officers sacked, legal highs and Dave the Minion in this week’s news
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
Make local councils pay to cut prison populations. A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research says cash held by Whitehall to cover custody should be given to local authorities to improve services such as drug and alcohol dependency programmes to help prevent offending. The Herald Scotland has the story.
Revealed this week
- Suffolk prison sold to housing developer. HMP Blundeston, which closed in 2013, has been bought by Badger Building for £3 million as part of the Ministry of Justice’s reorganisation of UK prisons. The BBC has more.
- Former inmates tell MPs how to stop people re-offending. Two men – Chris Smith and Kyren Barrett – who have served a combined total of 11 stints in prison, shared their experiences with a select committee on Tuesday in a bid to improve the way young offenders are dealt with. Crawley News has the story.
- When prison guards are violent, blame culture – not bad apples. Jessica Pishko for The Guardian says training for correctional officers in US fosters an ‘us versus them’ philosophy. That causes them to see their job as a war zone where violence is the norm.
A bad week for prison officers
- Prison officers fall victim to legal highs. According to the Prison Officers Association officers are being taken to hospital suffering from the effects of inhaling legal highs used by inmates. The Guardian has the full story.
- Officers sacked after allowing inmate to have sex with his girlfriend. Guards at HMP Swaleside, in Sheppey, have been fired after it emerged they allegedly uncuffed violent inmate Declan Madgian during his stay at Medway Maritime Hospital so he could have sex with his girlfriend. KentOnline has more.
- Female prison officer arrested over alleged affair with convicted killer. The officer at HMP Maghaberry in Northern Ireland has since been suspended from duty, while it is understood the prisoner in question has been moved to an isolation unit within the jail. The Belfast Telegraph has the story.
In other news
Prison guards scolded for calling a short prisoner Dave the Minion – after the 3ft yellow creatures in the Despicable Me films. Wardens at HMP Rochester in Kent were told to treat prisoners with respect and that nicknames should not be used on cell doors. The Mirror has the story.