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Austerity will unleash mayhem. Prison breakouts are just the start | Owen Jones

Austerity will unleash mayhem. Prison breakouts are just the start | Owen Jones

The consequences of cuts made years ago are now becoming visible: rising food poverty, failing flood defences and disorder in the prison system“Austerity” is a term so abstract that, during the
Ian Acheson: ‘If you don’t have safety and control in prisons, you have nothing’ | Erwin James

Ian Acheson: ‘If you don’t have safety and control in prisons, you have nothing’ | Erwin James

Last week’s riot at HMP Birmingham highlighted the chronic lack of frontline staff in our jails. The government needs to act, says the former prison governorLast week’s riot at HMP Birmingham and
Justice system needs joined-up thinking | Letters

Justice system needs joined-up thinking | Letters

Responses to the prison and criminal justice crisis from Professor Joe Sim, Julian Le Vay and Nik WoodAndrea Albutt, the president of the Prison Governors Association, is correct to say that
Sing sing: prison choir connects local employers to former offenders

Sing sing: prison choir connects local employers to former offenders

Pilot scheme at HMP Birmingham prepares prisoners for jobs and urges employers to see the potential of untapped workforceIn a brightly lit loft above the chapel of HMP Birmingham, singer Julianne
England’s prisons are war zones. Unless austerity ends, things will get worse | Dev Maitra

England’s prisons are war zones. Unless austerity ends, things will get worse | Dev Maitra

I have witnessed the proliferation of gangs and violence, and the rock-bottom morale of staff. The need for funding is now desperate • Dev Maitra is a criminologist and ethnographerThe last time I
Rise in 'dark and troubling' sexual offences by children sparks concern

Rise in 'dark and troubling' sexual offences by children sparks concern

MPs say growing use of sex as a form of violence among gangs might be behind increase in serious sexual crimes among childrenA rise in “dark and very troubling” sexual offences among children,
The graduates training as prison officers: 'People think we just turn keys and shout orders'

The graduates training as prison officers: 'People think we just turn keys and shout orders'

These are volatile times for prisons in England and Wales, with overcrowding and record levels of violence. Can a new scheme that aims to do what Teach First did in schools change things from the
Our shameful policy of locking up young people | Letters

Our shameful policy of locking up young people | Letters

Frances Crook of the Howard League for Penal Reform says we should be closing down our youth prison system, not expanding it; David Scott says England and Wales stand virtually alone in the EU in the
Do you know the state of your country? Take the test, as poll reveals perception gap

Do you know the state of your country? Take the test, as poll reveals perception gap

Around the world, people tend to overestimate murder rate, number of foreign prisoners and teenage pregnancies, Ipsos Mori survey showsPeople worldwide tend to exaggerate the proportion of
Ombudsman called in after death of 12th immigration detainee

Ombudsman called in after death of 12th immigration detainee

Michael Netyks from Poland had been serving a six-month sentence at a private jail in Liverpool run by G4SAn investigation has been launched after the death of a 12th immigration detainee this
Conditions at Liverpool prison the worst ever inspected, says report

Conditions at Liverpool prison the worst ever inspected, says report

Inspectors describe ‘squalid’ state of jail including rat and cockroach infestations and damp cells with exposed wiringInmates at Liverpool prison are living in the worst conditions inspectors have
French prisons to have landline phones installed in cells

French prisons to have landline phones installed in cells

Justice ministry says ambitious move will reduce tensions and cut down on mobile phone trafficking behind barsFrance plans to install landline phones in prison cells in an ambitious attempt to improve
Why is John Worboys being released after less than 10 years?

Why is John Worboys being released after less than 10 years?

There is outrage over the imminent release of one of the UK’s most persistent sex attackers. How has it come about? The Parole Board decision to recommend the serial sex attacker John Worboys for
John Worboys: alleged victims ready to bring fresh prosecutions, lawyer says

John Worboys: alleged victims ready to bring fresh prosecutions, lawyer says

Women who were denied criminal trial but succeeded in civil case against serial sex offender are ‘devastated’ at his releaseAlleged victims of the serial sex offender John Worboys are ready to bring
Minister rejects call for in-depth inquiry into John Worboys case

Minister rejects call for in-depth inquiry into John Worboys case

David Gauke backs proposals for greater Parole Board transparency, and Worboys victim reveals fears over his releaseThe new justice secretary, David Gauke, has rejected calls for an “end-to-end
Victims of John Worboys not consulted over terms of his release

Victims of John Worboys not consulted over terms of his release

Anger as lawyers say no prior notice given in order for representations to be made to Probation ServiceLawyers for victims of the serial sex attacker John Worboys have reacted with anger after it
New row over advice given to John Worboys parole board

New row over advice given to John Worboys parole board

Prison officials fear ‘undue weight’ given to evidence of defence psychologistPrison and probation officials have complained that disproportionate weight was given to external advice in the
John Worboys case: politicians must not interfere, says parole board chief

John Worboys case: politicians must not interfere, says parole board chief

Nick Hardwick criticises Probation Service for failing to inform rapist’s victims about planned releaseThe head of the parole board has issued a strong warning to politicians not to interfere in the
Software 'no more accurate than untrained humans' at judging reoffending risk

Software 'no more accurate than untrained humans' at judging reoffending risk

Program used to assess more than a million US defendants may not be accurate enough for potentially life-changing decisions, say expertsThe credibility of a computer program used for bail and
Canada's use of lengthy solitary confinement in jails is unconstitutional – judge

Canada's use of lengthy solitary confinement in jails is unconstitutional – judge

Campaigners hope the judgment will end the controversial practice under which some inmates have been kept alone for four yearsCanada’s use of prolonged or indefinite solitary confinement in federal