Pennsylvania State Prison System Resumes Normal Operations

Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Corrections today resumed normal operations at all state prisons following a 12-day lockdown to address a growing drug crisis in its facilities that sickened multiple employees. On August 29, the department took the extraordinary step of initiating a lockdown of all state correctional institutions after a series of cases … More Pennsylvania State Prison System Resumes Normal Operations

Prisoners Could Be Given Personal Cell Phones, Says UK Justice Secretary

Having access to a private landline would improve inmates’ behaviour, claims David Gauke,  Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, UK Government. Prisoners could be given personal telephones in their cells, the Justice Secretary has said. David Gauke argues having access to a landline would improve behaviour by helping inmates keep in touch with friends and … More Prisoners Could Be Given Personal Cell Phones, Says UK Justice Secretary

UK Minister Announces ’10 Prisons Project’ to Develop New Model of Excellence

Prisons Minister Rory Stewart announced a new project to tackle the most persistent and urgent problems facing 10 of the most challenging prisons in the UK  The project will focus on challenging violent and disruptive behaviour and includes £10 million funding to fight drugs, improve security and, crucially, boost leadership capabilities through new training. The … More UK Minister Announces ’10 Prisons Project’ to Develop New Model of Excellence

Hiding Drugs in Bible for an Inmate Earns Woman 18 Months in Prison

COSHOCTON, Ohio, USA – A Coshocton woman said Monday in Coshocton County Common Pleas Court she often asks herself why she got involved with methamphetamine. Cherokee L. Williamson, 30, was indicted on one count of complicity to commit illegal conveyance of prohibited items on the grounds of a detention facility, a third-degree felony, one count … More Hiding Drugs in Bible for an Inmate Earns Woman 18 Months in Prison

Brazilian Criminals Knitting Their Way to Freedom

Knitting their way to freedom, the maximum security prisoners who get a day off their sentence for every three days they work for luxury fashion label. Poring over their fine-quality crochet, the prisoners of Brazil’s Arisvaldo de Campos Pires maximum security penitentiary are a model of concentration. And it’s no wonder, when you consider what’s … More Brazilian Criminals Knitting Their Way to Freedom

Calls For Drug Scanners to be Introduced in Devon’s Prisons

Devon’s crime czar has backed calls to crack down on drugs in prisons by introducing airport-style security and mobile phone jamming. Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez said she wanted to see more thorough searches and body scanners introduced at HMP Exeter, Channings Wood and Dartmoor, so inmates had the best chance of getting clean … More Calls For Drug Scanners to be Introduced in Devon’s Prisons

Nottingham Prison Annual Report Highlights, Self Harm, Illegal Drugs, Mental Health Problems and Issues over Safety of Prisoners and Staff

IMB – Independent Monitoring Board UK The Board welcomes improvements from the very restricted regime which was in place last year and improvements in access for prisoners to phone calls. However, the Board is particularly concerned by: Inconsistencies in the application of rules and access to resources, which are unfair and destabilising because of the … More Nottingham Prison Annual Report Highlights, Self Harm, Illegal Drugs, Mental Health Problems and Issues over Safety of Prisoners and Staff

IMB Annual Report Show Drugs ‘Readily Available’ at UK Prison

The Independent Monitoring Board’s (IMB) first report into the Berwyn super-prison in Wrexham in the UK found 20% of prisoners did not feel safe, with drugs a common reason given for violence. It comes days after staff raised concerns about being assaulted. The Ministry of Justice acknowledged prisoner drug use is a “serious issue”. The IMB … More IMB Annual Report Show Drugs ‘Readily Available’ at UK Prison

UK Justice Secretary Launches Fresh Crackdown on Crime in Prison

A £30 million prisons improvement package will tackle organised crime and bring buildings back up to a decent standard, Justice Secretary David Gauke announced. Safety, security and decency will be improved across the prison estate Criminal lynchpins operating behind bars will be targeted through new digital technology In-cell phones to incentivise good behaviour and boost … More UK Justice Secretary Launches Fresh Crackdown on Crime in Prison