Prisons in the Press – 1 July

Mobile phone blockers, a bloody prison and a floating jail

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Prison services tested mobile phone blockers, documents reveal. Image: yisris


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

Prison services worked with Ofcom in test of mobile phone blockers. Documents reveal trials of mobile traffic interception technology in UK jails, which may have affected users beyond prion walls.

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) and the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) collaborated with EE, O2, Three and Vodafone in the use of mobile phone blocking technology. Computer Weekly has the story.


Revealed this week

  1. Concern over rise in violence at Durham’s Frankland prison. Violence between inmates at the country’s largest high security prison has increased, an inspection found. The BBC has more.
  2. New Nottinghamshire Prison governor says jails needs “radical overhaul”. Transforming the regime at problem prison HM Ranby is the only way to stop inmate deaths, drug abuse and violence, says the new jail’s boss, Neil Richards. The Retford Times has more.
  3. “Woodhill Prison has blood on its hands,” says family of latest inmate to die there. The jail in Milton Keynes has come under fire after Thomas Morris was found hanged – despite desperate pleas from his family about his mental health. The Milton Keynes Citizen has the story.
  4. Alternative site suggested for new Inverness prison. The Scottish Prison Service has suspended a consultation on the planned site for a new Inverness prison so it can assess an alternative location. The BBC has more.
  5.  Inmate throws boiling water on HMP Featherstone prison officers. Boiling water was thrown at two prison officers by an inmate at HMP Featherstone – leaving both victims blistered and psychologically damaged from the attack, a court has heard. The Express & Star has the story.


In comment this week 

Improving people’s health can prevent offending. Scottish government justice secretary Michael Matheson discusses how working with people as individuals rather than seeing them simply as offenders can help them make positive, lasting changes to their lives. The Guardian has more.


In other news 

The jail you will want to be locked up in. In one of the quirkiest transformations, this rags to riches story has seen a ship once used as a Dutch detention centre transformed into a luxurious hotel in London. The Express has more.

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