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New prison regime gets prisoners to work

Prisoners will follow a new regime based on the ‘average working day’. The governor of Winchester prison, David Rogers explains that the new working day will be implemented into every…

Prison reforms to rehabilitate offenders won’t stop re-offending

Prison reforms to rehabilitate offenders won’t stop re-offending

Plans to get tough on prisoners will ‘do nothing’ to reduce ‘unacceptably high’ re-offending rates, according to the Prison Reform Trust. Pic from Flickr under creative commons license Casey Konstantin…

To Burn or Not To Burn

To Burn or Not To Burn

My first thought to the proposed smoking ban in prison was: ‘Effing good luck with that one’, followed by ‘Ban the burn, then watch the wings go up in smoke…

‘What stops 1,200 prisoners in Wormwood Scrubs walking out of the front gate?’

‘What stops 1,200 prisoners in Wormwood Scrubs walking out of the front gate?’

The recent pronouncement by the Ministry of Justice that it is considering a complete ban on smoking in prisons highlights a debate we should be having about how we run…

‘Prison: an expensive way to treat people inhumanely and badly’

‘Prison: an expensive way to treat people inhumanely and badly’

‘Politicians need to stop playing KerPlunk with the prison system,’ said former prison governor and inspector John Podmore on Tuesday night.  ‘One day someone’s going to pull that final straw out.…

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