Prisons in the press – 24 June

Rates of self-harm soar and a King is found buried under a prison

The final resting place of Henry I of England is thought to be below one of Britain's Victorian jails

The final resting place of Henry I of England is thought to be below one of Britain’s Victorian jails

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Prisons in the press brings you the best articles from the past week to keep you up-to-date on prison news.

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Hot off the press

“Self-harming rise” among prisoners on indefinite sentences by 50 per cent in four years. Last year, there were more than 2,500 acts of self-harm by prisoners serving imprisonment for public protection (IPP) sentences. The BBC has the story

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Revealed this week

  1. A murder investigation has been launched after a prisoner was beaten to death. Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a male inmate at Long Lartin Prison near Honeybourne this week. The Stratford Herald has the story.
  2.  Paramedics called to prison twice a day. Ambulance call-puts to a prison that serves Shropshire have rocketed with crews being sent to HMP Featherstone on 92 occasions from April 1 to May 23 this year. The Shropshire Star has more.
  3. Staffing levels could lead to prison violence, report finds. The Independent Monitoring Board for Exeter prison found that staff levels were too low to ensure optimum care of prisoners, especially the vulnerable. ITV has the story.
  4. Children “will suffer” is £60million prison is built near school. Concerned residents have launched a campaign against plans to build HMP Highland which is set to replace the 112-year-old Inverness Prison. The Herald Scotland has more.
  5. A prison riot broke out forcing more than 130 lags to be relocated to other jails after the introduction of the new smoking ban, it is claimed. Two wings at Erlestoke Prison in Wiltshire were trashed and staff struggled to control the chaos. The Daily Star has the story.
  6. PlayStation game helps veterans in prison deal with trauma. Digital art project in Liverpool allowed ex-servicemen to use a virtual world canvas, FF Gaiden, to explore their past experiences. The Guardian has more.

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In other news 

Ministry of Justice plans to dig for Henry I’s remains at Reading Prison. The MoJ has applied to dig 12 test pits around the Victorian prison, which closed in 2013, to search for the remains of the town’s medieval abbey. The BBC has more.

Bricks and bars: The tough urban prisons of the past. BBC News Magazine has taken a look at the “Old and inefficient” urban prisons that are being closed as part of government plans to modernise infrastructure in England and Wales. The BBC has the story.

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One Comment on “Prisons in the press – 24 June”

  1. […] imprisonment for public protection, or IPP, sentences, hit the headlines last month, when new figures revealed that the rate of self-harm for those serving under them in England and Wales had risen by […]

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