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Published on January 26 2015 in General

When I returned to the UK after almost a decade abroad, one aspect of 21st century Britain astonished me more than almost anything else. This was the prevalence of illegal drugs in prisons, and what seemed the resigned tolerance on the part of politi…

 
Published on January 26 2015 in General

Plans for a new women's jail in Inverclyde have been scrapped. It follows criticism of the £75m plan to replace Scotland's women-only prison, Cornton Vale in Stirling.  Holyrood's Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said Scotland must take a more radi…

 
Published on January 26 2015 in General

This is the dramatic moment that a man was freed after 37 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Joseph Sledge, 70, was released after a DNA expert cast doubt over his conviction over the stabbing deaths of a mother and daughter nearly four d…

 
Published on January 26 2015 in General

Whilst it’s not – at all – unusual for honourable – really? – Members of Parliament to be on the front pages of newspapers, shown in the back of a van on their way to prison – mostly for overly poetic licence usage whilst claiming expenses – it’s not…

 
Published on January 23 2015 in General

It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned -- and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by our governments. This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds th…

 
Published on January 23 2015 in General

The Scottish government has said no decision has been taken yet on the future of the women's prison planned for Greenock.  The £75m HMP Inverclyde has been the subject of fierce criticism from campaigners and opposition parties. They said the governm…

 
Published on January 23 2015 in General

More inmates have committed suicide at HMP Elmley than almost any other prison in England and Wales, according to figures released today. The Sheppey jail comes joint top with Wandsworth, where four inmates took their own lives last year. At Elmley,…

 
Published on January 22 2015 in General

The number of suicides in prisons in England and Wales is at its highest for seven years, new figures show. Eighty-two inmates killed themselves in 2014, up seven from the previous year, according to statistics compiled by the Howard League for Penal…

 
Published on January 22 2015 in General

A prison restaurant where all the meals are cooked and served up by inmates has beaten almost 1,000 other eateries to be named a UK city's finest. The Clink, at HMP Cardiff, is number one on TripAdvisor out of 946 restaurants in the Welsh capital. Mo…

 
Published on January 22 2015 in General

Craig Rouget is one of three inmates serving a life sentence brought back to the island from the UK since improvements were made to Guernsey Prison A decision to bring a convicted murderer back to Guernsey to serve his sentence was based on value for…