Prisons in the press – 15 AprilPosted: April 15, 2016
Dickensian squalor at Wormwood Scrubs and the inmate who tried to give the law the slip
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
Damning report of HMP Wormwood Scrubs was toned down, leaked documents reveal. The Guardian reports that the foreword by ex-prisons inspector Nick Hardwick was tougher than final version by new inspector Peter Clarke. Read the story here
Revealed this week
- Women given tents instead of accommodation when leaving London prison. Women leaving HMP Bronzefield were given tents and sleeping bags because of a shortage of available housing. The Independent has more.
- Plans revealed to convert Somerset jail into flats. Parts of historic Shepton Mallet site, which closed in 2013, will be converted into approximately 146 homes. ITV has more.
- Religious leaders slam Wrexham prison over ‘non-Welsh speaking’ chaplain plans. Baptist Union and Presbyterian Church of Wales object to plans not to make ability to speak Welsh a must for new post. The Daily Post has the story.
- Major security alert after drone is spotted flying over Strangeways prison. A prison officer at the high-security HMP Manchester spotted the flying device earlier this month. The Manchester Evening News has more.
- New jail threatens to “destroy” Highland community, says prominent SNP politician. Local Highland SNP councillor Ken Gowans has spoken out about the lack of public consultation on the choice of Inverness suburb Milton of Leys for the development of a new jail. The Press and Journal has the story.
News from down under
- Radicalised teenager “carves Isis slogan onto cellmate’s head” in Australian prison. The 18-year-old reportedly used a razor to carve ‘e4e’ which stands for “eye for an eye”. The Independent has more.
- Video footage shows “vicious bashing” in Goulburn, New South Wales, main maximum security jail. One time gangster Rodney Atkinson stomped and kicked ‘granny killer’ Tony Halloun because he was a “scumbag”. MailOnline has the story.
Inspectors found safety at the prison had deteriorated since previous probe raised serious concerns and the Prison Reform Trust said the jail had “levels of Dickensian squalor“.
In other news
A convicted murderer covered himself in baby oil to dodge prison officers. Adam Gallagher stripped to his boxer shorts and doused himself in oil so he was too slippery for security staff to get hold of as they tried to move him from HMP Barlinnie in Glasgow. The BBC has more.
When a life sentence means life twice over: The world’s longest prison sentences. The Independent has compiled a list of the longest prison sentences served across the globe, including the woman who was ordered to spend 141,078 years in jail. Read the story here.