Prisons in the press – 3 JunePosted: June 3, 2016
Students call for prisons ban and former justice secretary demands a change of rules
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
Former justice secretary says rules on “public danger” prisoners need to change. Ken Clarke says parole boards should have more power to free criminal jailed because they were a danger to the public. The BBC has the story.
Revealed this week
- A project that helps dads in prison connect with their children is under threat. The “Mellow Dads” programme has improved the parenting skills of inmates at HMP Oakwood but its future hangs in the balance. Community Care has more.
- Prison officer reveals shocking inside story of life in Britain’s crisis-hit jails. In an alarming expose, The Secret Warder describes prison as “one big revolving door” and says legal highs have created a battle ground. The Mirror has the story.
- Students call for prisons to be banned. NUS group headed by union’s “anti-semitic” new president says all criminals should be freed. Delegates of the NUS black students’ conference said jail is “sexist and racist” and called for inmates to be freed. MailOnline has more.
- Prison Islam course “could turn prisoners to violence”. A manual used by imams to teach prison inmates about Islam risks “turning people into jihadis”, cleric Sheikh Musa Admani has said. The BBC has the story.
- Wrexham’s super prison jobs still up for grabs. The £212m HMP Berwyn site which is being constructed at the town’s former Firestone factory base is due to open in February next year. The Daily Post has more.
In comment this week
Why we should close women’s prisons and treat their crimes more fairly. Professor Mirko Bagaric, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Sentencing explains that sentencing systems around the world should be radically reformed to start with the assumption that women should not be sent to prison for their crimes. The Guardian has more.
In other news
In the US: A man spent five months in prison because “no on told him his bail was $2”. Aitabdel Salem languished in Riker’s Island prison even though he could have walked out at any time. The Independent has the story.
In the UK: Prisoner spent nearly a year in jail – after he forgot his solicitor’s name. Paul O’Hare spent 23-and-a-half hours a day in his cell, with cockroaches and rats, until he finally remembered the name of his solicitor. The Mirror has more.