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  • POA calls for ‘incompetent’ Truss to go

    JUSTICE Secretary Liz Truss and prison service head Michael Spurr should be sacked for incompetence following the latest damning government statistics on understaffing, the Prison Officers Association said yesterday.

    Front-line prison officer numbers fell by more than 300 last year,...

    Friday 17th Feb 2017

    posted by Paddy McGuffin in Britain

  • Jails face drug epidemic ‘due to staff cuts’

    Drugs thrown over prison walls on ‘daily basis’

    Wednesday 1st Feb 2017

    posted by Conrad Landin in Britain

  • Tory prisons policy hurts society

    ALMOST exactly one year ago, the Prison Officers Association (POA) defended the report it had commissioned on the crisis in our prisons.

    Professor Gail Kinman had highlighted the impact of budget cuts on the service, its staff and prison inmates. She found that most prison officers had...

    Saturday 24th Dec 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

  • Prison officers reject pay and pensions deal

    PRISON officers “overwhelmingly” rejected a pay and pensions deal yesterday that had been endorsed by union leaders.

    The package included a provision allowing guards to continue retiring at 65 when the state pension age rises to 68.

    But Prison Officers Association...

    Friday 23rd Dec 2016

    posted by Will Stone in Britain

  • Tories are ‘failing’ jails as inmate suicide rates soar

    RATES of suicide among prisoners have reached “epidemic proportions” with one inmate taking their life every three days, campaigners have warned.

    The shocking figures released today by the Howard League for Prison Reform show that 102 inmates have taken their own lives so...

    Monday 28th Nov 2016

    posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

  • Ministers have lost control of our prisons

    Labour slates government as jail staff are forced onto picket lines

    Wednesday 16th Nov 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

  • Grovelling to oppressors

    WHAT kind of submissive state agrees to extradite its citizens to a superpower on demand without insisting on a reciprocal arrangement?

    Lauri Love is the latest British citizen to discover the grovelling depths to which Tony Blair’s government sank in 2003 by agreeing that the US...

    Wednesday 16th Nov 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

  • Inquiry ordered after 200 inmates riot at Bedford jail

    by Steve Sweeney

    THE Prison Service has ordered an investigation following a riot at Bedford Prison on Sunday night over lockdowns and poor conditions.

    About 200 of the 500 inmates are believed to have been involved in the unrest.

    Prison bosses are reported to...

    Tuesday 8th Nov 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

  • Tories blamed for epidemic of violence in jails

    PRISON officers have exposed an “epidemic of violence” in Britain’s jails — and placed the blame squarely with the government in the run up to a meeting with the Ministry of Justice.

    Six years of funding cuts and privatisation have seen numbers of assaults on...

    Thursday 3rd Nov 2016

    posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

  • Prison safety worse than ever before, says Parole Board

    PRISON safety has hit a record low with no sign of an improvement in rates of violence and self-harm on the horizon, the Parole Board warned yesterday.

    Board chairman Nick Hardwick said the latest jail safety figures were “appalling” and the “worst they have ever...

    Saturday 22nd Oct 2016

    posted by Paddy McGuffin in Britain