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What do they have to hide? Journalists call on MoJ to open prisons up to scrutiny

What do they have to hide? Journalists call on MoJ to open prisons up to scrutiny

Journalists are calling on the Ministry of Justice to open its prisons to media scrutiny. ‘What do they have to hide?’ asked NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet. ‘Journalists on newspapers…

Lord Woolf: Prisons no better than 25 years ago

Lord Woolf: Prisons no better than 25 years ago

A system in crisis again, the state of UK prisons are as bad now as they were at the time of one of Britain’s worst jail riots, the former most…

Prisons and the wrong kind of criminal justice policy debate

Prisons and the wrong kind of criminal justice policy debate

Blink and you would have missed the Justice Select Committee Report on prisons, neatly buried on budget day. Former CEO of NOMS, Phil Wheatley is quoted: ‘If you want to find out…

Grayling ‘complacent’ over rise in prison suicides, MPs say

Grayling ‘complacent’ over rise in prison suicides, MPs say

Chis Grayling was accused of ‘downplaying publicly’ the significance of the sharp increase in prison suicides over the last three years, according to the report of an influential committee of…

Why sentence women to short custodial sentences that don’t even work?

Why sentence women to short custodial sentences that don’t even work?

Last week, the justice minister Simon Hughes announced the rollout of a new scheme to help stop women ending up in custody. The women’s prison population currently stands at 3,811,…

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