Prisons in the press – 29 AprilPosted: April 29, 2016
Books, deaths and inmates earning Duke of Edinburgh awards
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
A prisoner is dying every day as deaths, assaults and self-injury in prisons continue to rise. Prisons in England and Wales are becoming increasingly violent and dangerous, figures seen by the Howard League for Penal Reform reveal.
Revealed this week
- Flagship London private prison struggles to recruit staff. Serco-run Thameside pays significantly less than state prisons, say workers. The FT has the story.
- Prison officer attacked at Northumberland jail. An internal investigation is under way at HMP Northumberland after an inmate assaulted a prison officer at the weekend The Northumberland Gazette has more.
- Inverness community council gathers opposition to prison. The Socttish Prisons Service said it intends to submit plans to build a new prison at Milton Leys in Inverness this summer that would replace the 112 year old Inverness Prison. The BBC has the story.
- Prisoner jailed after trying to smuggle up to £8,000 of drugs into jail by hiding them in his backside. The drugs were found at Magilligan Prison after sniffer dogs indicated the man might be carrying a stash. Belfast Live has more.
- Charity calls for prison officers to receive training to spot ADHD. This comes after the charity ADD-NI said at least 70 per cent of young people in Hydebank Young Offenders Unit have the behavioural disorder. The Belfast Telegraph has the story.
- Lethal weapon found at Birmingham Prison made from craft tool sold inside jail. Match-cutter withdrawn from jail’s shop after worried prison officer raised the alarm. Read more here.
Prison inspection findings this week
- York women’s prison threatened with closure praised by experts. The Independent Monitorinh Board said Askham Grange Open Prison “functions well” despite the uncertainty over its future. A date has not yet been set for its closure. York Press has more.
- Safety needs to be “addressed urgently” at Leeds prison. Inspectors are concerned about the rise in violence at HMP Leeds and found that safety had deteriorated. The Telegraph and Argus has the story. The Yorkshire Post found that 32 assaults took place at Leeds prison every month as legal high use soars.
In other news
Inmates at Bridgend Parc Prison are helping their children gain a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Three prisoners gained a DofE Leadership award in 2015 for their efforts, while a new cohort of inmates started towards the Award last month. WalesOnline has the story.
Inside stories from a prison book group. From The Hunger Games to Zadie Smith: this week’s visit by The Guardian to HMP Thameside’s weekly event reveals just how powerfully books can bring people together. Read more here.