Prisons in the press – 1 AprilPosted: April 1, 2016
Chronic overcrowding and a house with its own jail cell
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
West Midlands jail announces it is to convert single cells into double to make room for 500 extra inmates. HMP Oakwood which is operated by G4S will see its official operating capacity rise by almost a third from July. The Independent has the story.
Revealed this week
- More disciplinary incidents at Sheppey’s Swaleside prison than any other in South East. Ministry of Justice figures obtained by the Howard League reveal the jail has become progressively worse for inmate behaviour over the past four years. Kent Online has more.
- Plans for Shrewsbury prison are “over-development”. Councillor Alan Mosley says plans to create student flats, a fitness centre and restaurant at Shropshire’s former Dana prison will be “massive additions to the already dire problems”. The Shropshire Star has the story.
- Prisoners take to the roof in protest. Two inmates at Guys Marsh Prison in Dorset gained access to the roof on Monday but were soon securely back in their cells. The BBC has more.
- Fires at Dorset Young Offenders Institute. Fire and ambulance services were called to Portland Prison at the Grove Wednesday afternoon as four prisoners climbed onto netting and started cell fires. The Dorset Echo has the story.
- Spanish system cutting re-offending rates. The BBC’s Nick Beake travels to southern Spain to see how a new approach to youth justice is rehabilitating young offenders. Watch the report here.
- New prison in the pipeline for Inverness. The Scottish Prison Service revealed plans to submit an application for a new jail at Milton of Leys in Inverness. HMP Highland would replace the 112-year-old Inverness Prison near the city centre. Scottish Legal News has more.
- Drugs smuggled into Scottish prisons via post. New figures reveal that thousands of pounds worth of substances, including heroin, cannabis and cocaine have been seized from Tayside jails – with dozens of packages being sent through the post. The Tele has the story.
In other news
Looking for a house with a prison cell? A 19th Century Victorian court house, which is also part police station is up for auction. The court house was built in 1861 and used to deal with criminals until as recently as 40 years ago. Western Daily Press has more.