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  • Rising prison deaths spark inquiry calls

    Killings ‘no surprise’ after cuts, say governors

    Thursday 20th Oct 2016

    posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

  • Prisons are in meltdown

    PRISON officers and their union POA have long warned about the dangers of violence in their workplaces and their worries are echoed now by prison governors.

    This is no time, in the wake of one death and two critical woundings in Pentonville jail, for ministerial hand-wringing,...

    Thursday 20th Oct 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

  • Prisons ‘in crisis’ after 6 years of Tories

    PRISONS have been “left in crisis” by six years of Tory government, Labour said yesterday.

    An inspection of HM Prison and Young Offenders Institute Isis reported rocketing violence, drug use, self-harm and chaos.

    The jail, which was opened in 2010, was condemned by...

    Friday 7th Oct 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

  • Staff cuts put officers in danger

    PRISON officers’ leaders have slammed draconian cuts in staffing after a prison governor was attacked and hospitalised by an inmate.

    The attack happened at HMP Wayland in Norfolk, where a prisoner attacked governor Paul Cawkwell in the prison canteen where there were no officers...

    Saturday 6th Aug 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

  • Attacks on prison staff hit all-time record level

    ASSAULTS on prison staff have reached the highest level ever recorded, with 15 attacks a day, government figures revealed yesterday.

    Between April 2015 and the end of March 2016 there were 5,423 assaults on officers — up 40 per cent on the previous year. The tally included 646...

    Friday 29th Jul 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

  • Jail branded ‘dangerous’ by official inspectorate

    THE official prisons watchdog describes one jail as “dangerous” in a report published today, the latest of a string of warnings about the safety of inmates in England and Wales.

    Levels of violence at HMP Swaleside were “far too high” and many of the incidents...

    Tuesday 26th Jul 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

  • Prisons watchdog condemns ‘huge’ rise in violence

    TOO MANY prisons have become “unacceptably violent and dangerous places,” the official watchdog warned yesterday.

    Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke said the “grim situation” that his predecessor described around a year ago has not improved, and in some key...

    Wednesday 20th Jul 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

  • Prison officers stage walkout

    Workers warn of further cuts and rising violence

    Saturday 9th Jul 2016

    posted by Conrad Landin in Britain

  • Gove cuts to blame for crisis

    THE leader of Britain’s prison officers blamed government cuts yesterday for widespread use of drugs and contraband at a Yorkshire prison.

    More than 2.2lbs of drugs previously known as “legal highs” and dozens of mobile phones were seized at HM Prison Lindholme, near...

    Thursday 7th Jul 2016

    posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

  • Restraining kids in custody ‘doubles’

    THE number of children in custody who have been restrained has more than doubled in the last five years, research revealed yesterday.

    A report by the Howard League for Penal Reform on the use of restraint, solitary confinement and strip-searching in child units in England and Wales...

    Tuesday 21st Jun 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Britain