UK Prison Fears Letters are ‘Soaked in Drugs’

Increased levels of violence caused by psychoactive substances had seen  UK Prison, HMP Wealstun inmates and staff needing hospital treatment, the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) revealed. Its report said staff at the jail near Wetherby were dealing with issues involving drugs up to 10 times a day. The Prison Service said it had increased the number of … More UK Prison Fears Letters are ‘Soaked in Drugs’

UK Ministry of Justice Announces Record Numbers of New Prison Officer Recruits

Government on track to hit target of 2,500 new officers by 2018. Prison officer recruitment numbers are at their highest since records began, according to new figures released today by Justice Secretary David Lidington. From January 2017 there has been a net increase of 868 new prison officers joining the hard-working and dedicated staff in our … More UK Ministry of Justice Announces Record Numbers of New Prison Officer Recruits

Crackdown on drugs, drones and mobile phones in prisons

A huge haul of drugs and mobile phones has been recovered since the introduction of detection measures to crackdown on prison contraband. 225kg of illicit drugs recovered from prisons in 2016 over 20,000 mobile phones and sim cards recovered criminals using drones to smuggle phones and drugs into prisons jailed for a combined total of over … More Crackdown on drugs, drones and mobile phones in prisons

Justice Secretary David Lidington sets out the essential reforms under way to make UK prisons places of safety and reform

An open letter from the Justice Secretary, The Rt Hon David Lidlington, MP issued on 21st June, 2017 by the UK Ministry of Justice details essential reforms in UK prisons. “The work to make our prisons true places of reform and rehabilitation is already under way – and it will continue unabated. When someone is … More Justice Secretary David Lidington sets out the essential reforms under way to make UK prisons places of safety and reform

Police in Durham, UK to use AI in Custodial Decisions

Durham Constabulary in the UK are about to launch a new tool using Artificial Intelligence (AI) that will allow them to predict whether arrested criminals will go on to re-offend if released on bail, with up to 98 per cent accuracy, helping them to decide whether to remand or release suspects.  The AI system,  known … More Police in Durham, UK to use AI in Custodial Decisions

UK – Dangerous extremists to be separated from mainstream prison population

The UK Ministry of Justice announced today, that three separation centres are being created and will form part of the wider government strategy to tackle extremism in prisons. Dangerous extremists will be separated from the mainstream prison population and placed into specialist centres, under new rules published today (21 April 2017) by Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah. … More UK – Dangerous extremists to be separated from mainstream prison population

UK Justice Secretary announces plans to create 5,000 modern prison places

Plans underway for 4 new prisons in Yorkshire, Wigan, Rochester and Port Talbot. New builds to create up to 2,000 construction jobs and generate millions of pounds to British economy Builds on the government’s commitment to create up to 10,000 modern places, aimed at reducing overcrowding and creating the right conditions for reform. Justice Secretary Elizabeth … More UK Justice Secretary announces plans to create 5,000 modern prison places

Justice Secretary calls time on failing prisons in white paper to help cut crime and protect society

November 2016 – London, UK – Justice Secretary embarks on a major shake-up of prisons to help cut £15bn cost of re-offending. More than £100m annually to strengthen the front-line with 2,500 more prison officers Rigorous new standards to get prisoners off drugs and into work Prisoners to be tested for drug use on entry … More Justice Secretary calls time on failing prisons in white paper to help cut crime and protect society