POA Calls Time for Action From UK Gov After Prison Officer Has Throat Slashed

A Prison Officer at HMP Nottingham has been attacked by a Prisoner and had his throat slashed which required 17 sutures on Sunday morning 14th April 2019. The Officer has now been discharged from hospital and recovering at home. The POA – The Professional Trades Union for Prison, Correctional & Secure Psychiatric Workers in the UK,  are informed … More POA Calls Time for Action From UK Gov After Prison Officer Has Throat Slashed

Council of Europe Anti-Torture Committee Raises Concerns Over Allegations of Romania’s Prison Abuse

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published today the report on its visit to Romania carried out from 7 to 19 February 2018, together with the response of the Romanian authorities. The report states that a considerable number of allegations of physical … More Council of Europe Anti-Torture Committee Raises Concerns Over Allegations of Romania’s Prison Abuse

PCC’s Present Plan to UK Government to Tackle Organised Crime in Prisons

Four Police and Crime Commissioners in the West Midlands,  are presenting to the UK Government a hard-hitting six-month study into crime in prisons after months of research and multi-agency work. The in-depth look at crime behind bars also presents a future plan for straightforward solutions to tackle criminality across the prisons estate. Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire’s Commissioner … More PCC’s Present Plan to UK Government to Tackle Organised Crime in Prisons

Mother and Son Sentenced for Smuggling Drugs into HMP Pentonville Prison

A mother and son have been sentenced for smuggling drugs into HMP Pentonville Prison. Gary Grannells, 40, was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on Tuesday, 12 February, to three years and four months’ imprisonment for Possession of Controlled Drug of Class B with Intent to Supply. He also received one year and four months’ sentence … More Mother and Son Sentenced for Smuggling Drugs into HMP Pentonville Prison

Invitation for Submissions to Healthy Prison Review of AMC

In Australia, The Office of the ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Inspector of Correctional Services (OICS) will be conducting a Healthy Prison Review of AMC (Alexander Maconochie Centre) in mid-2019 and is inviting submissions from stakeholders. The healthy prison framework adopted by the OICS broadly comprises four ‘pillars’: Safety Detainees, even the most vulnerable, are held … More Invitation for Submissions to Healthy Prison Review of AMC

ODSecurity Announce New Contract of SOTER Body Scanner to Chilean Customs

ODSecurity have today announced a new contract to supply an unspecified number of their SOTER RS Body Scanner to Chilean Customs The SOTER RS will increase the level of security operations for Chilean Customs not previously possible using conventional metal detectors.  Non-metallic objects hidden under clothes, in natural cavities or within the human body cannot … More ODSecurity Announce New Contract of SOTER Body Scanner to Chilean Customs

UKPA – Drive to Employ Ex-offenders Attracts Over 120 Businesses

More than 120 further businesses have registered to work with prisons and set offenders on a path to employment, UK Justice Secretary, David Gauke revealed. The businesses have come forward in the 6 months since the launch of the Education and Employment Strategy, which set out a series of measures to boost prisoners’ skills while in … More UKPA – Drive to Employ Ex-offenders Attracts Over 120 Businesses

New Search Teams to Disrupt and Deter Violence in UK Prisons

UK Justice Secretary, David Gauke,  announced specialist search teams to be rolled out across the country with more than 100 officers being recruited. Teams will work in prisons to combat drugs, drones and mobiles Roll-out will cost £4.3 million and is the latest step in £70 million plan to combat gangs and organised crime in … More New Search Teams to Disrupt and Deter Violence in UK Prisons

Controversial Prison Officer Safety Equipment Rolled Out Across UK

UK Prisons Minister, Rory Stewart announced that Prison Officers across the UK will be equipped with  PAVA Incompacitant spray (synthetic pepper spray) to help keep them safe and maintain order.  Following a successful pilot conducted by Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, (HMPPS), who have made the decision to roll out nationally, a £2 million … More Controversial Prison Officer Safety Equipment Rolled Out Across UK