Justice and Fairness in Prisons
Our blog on justice and fairness in prisons
Updates, reflections and examples of good practice.
This blog provides a deeper insight into the issues uncovered in our programme on justice and fairness in prisons. It includes examples of fairness and unfairness in prisons and records the experience of people in prison as well as analysis by researchers.
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Justice and fairness and race
News headlines over the last few weeks in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and indeed elsewhere, have been dominated by protests organised by the movement Black Lives Matters, following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In that city, the local council has voted to dismantle the existing police department, as protestors make the call to ‘defund the police’.  Read more
Prison punishment: the procedural unfairness of prison adjudications
On the same day as the adjudication discussed in the previous Justice and Fairness blog post, we attended a second adjudication at the same prison. The second adjudication was very clearly unfair, in terms of the charge that was brought and the process itself.  Read more
Prison punishment: the everyday unfairness of prison adjudications
The programme on justice and fairness will look at everyday injustice as well as procedural justice in prisons. Prison regimes are rife with everyday injustices: inconsistent processes, arbitrary decisions, bureaucratic delays, ignored complaints, poor living conditions and the lack of privacy afforded by a shared cell.  Read more
Justice and fairness during COVID-19
In the short time this blog has been running, we've discussed the issues of justice and fairness during the pandemic on several occasions, most notably here.  Read more
Everyone matters equally: fair access to healthcare in prison during a pandemic
The government’s guide to pandemic flu planning, last updated in 2017, includes a Framework that looks at the ethical aspects of decisions made during a pandemic  Read more
Protecting the rights of those who remain in prison during a pandemic
The last Justice and Fairness blogpost discussed how, in the middle of a pandemic, the rights of people in prison are more important than ever. Last week’s post focussed on the need to release people from prison in order to relieve pressure on the system.  Read more
In a time of coronavirus, the rights of people in prison are more important than ever
Parliament has just passed the Coronavirus Act 2020 which grants an enormous increase in state power. There have already been complaints that the police are exceeding their new powers. This new age of emergency laws has renewed debate around the need to protect our ever-fragile human rights. In the uniquely coercive environment of a prison, it is all the more important that people’s rights are respected.  Read more
Justice does not stop at the prison gates: why fairer prisons mean a safer society
In normal times I would ask you to imagine what it is like to be in prison. But right now, in the middle of a global pandemic, we are all living in constrained conditions. For some of us, these constraints are more difficult or more restrictive than for others.  Read more
Welcome to our new blog
Welcome to the Howard League’s new blog for our justice and fairness in prisons programme.  Read more