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  • 6 May 2016
    Rainsbrook: more children being failed

    This is the third inspection report in the space of a year following the disastrous inspection last spring and the follow-up that found some improvements.  Read more

  • 19 Apr 2016
    Elmley prison: How low our expectations have sunk

    The prisons inspectorate published a report on Elmley prison today. Not a high-profile jail, but nevertheless important because it illustrates the dreadful state of prisons across the country and how low our expectations have sunk. The press release accompanying today’s report praises the prison for improving. Indeed it has improved since 2014, when it was just …  Read more

  • 14 Apr 2016
    Bronzefield, Downview and Holloway: The maths simply do not add up

    The inspection report published today on Bronzefield prison shows that a prison with empty beds and full staffing can deliver a decent regime for women, and the same would be true for men. As we know, most men’s prisons are grossly overcrowded and understaffed so they are not providing a decent regime. Future plans for Bronzefield …  Read more

  • 22 Mar 2016
    Ending mass incarceration

    The last session of the we hosted last week in Oxford discussed how to end mass incarceration. The great prison experiment in the United States that started in the 1970s and saw the number of men, women and children in various forms of incarceration explode to more than 1.5 million by 2010 is, finally, coming …  Read more

  • 9 Mar 2016
    Doncaster prison: What Michael Gove should do next

    The inspection report on Doncaster prison reveals once again the disaster that is the prison system. The relatively newly built jail is simply not safe for the men, some only teenagers, and it is not safe for staff. Prisons have become hotbeds of festering violence and misery. They are feeding the crime problem, not solving it. A …  Read more

  • 12 Feb 2016
    The very basic stuff

    The Prime Minister made a seminal speech about prison reform this week and I welcome his admission that prisons are in a shocking state. But before we start getting too grand about reform, we need to look at the very basic stuff that needs changing. You can’t get people work-ready or help them live independent and …  Read more

  • 2 Feb 2016
    Medway secure training centre

    Anyone who saw the violence, casual abuse and hatred inflicted on children inside Medway secure training centre that was revealed by Panorama would be shocked. Even I was horrified, after years of hearing about high use of violence by staff to control children, broken bones and distress. The question now is, what are we going …  Read more

  • 19 Jan 2016
    Howard League’s legal work

    This is the second in what will be regular bulletins about the Howard League’s legal work to help children and young adults in custody.  Read more

  • 14 Jan 2016
    Punishment system out of control

    Over 2,000 years of additional imprisonment were imposed over the past five years on people who misbehaved in prison.  Read more

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