New Guidelines Issued for Prisons and Detention Centres in the UK

The UK Ministry of Justice together with Public Health England have issued updated guidelines regarding COVID-19: in prisons and other prescribed places of detention guidance. This guidance will assist healthcare staff and custodial and detention staff in addressing coronavirus (COVID-19) in prescribed places of detention (PPDs). The following establishments in England are included within the … More New Guidelines Issued for Prisons and Detention Centres in the UK

Prison Visitor Jailed for Smuggling Drugs into HMP Berwyn

A woman has been jailed after she was caught smuggling drugs worth thousands of pounds into HMP Berwyn, the largest prison in England and Wales and the 2nd largest in Europe.  Berwyn prison opened in February 2017 and is a  smoke-free closed rehabilitation establishment which holds 2,106 category C men.   The woman was intercepted by … More Prison Visitor Jailed for Smuggling Drugs into HMP Berwyn

New Support Plan to Improve UK Jails

A new intensive support programme will help challenging jails to improve safety and rehabilitation, UK Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer announced today. The Prison Performance Support Programme (PPSP) replaces Special Measures and will offer a significant package of tailored support managed from a dedicated operations room. HMP Wormwood Scrubs, Bedford and Feltham among first to benefit … More New Support Plan to Improve UK Jails

Employment Hotline Opens for Offenders in Scotland’s Largest Prison

Prisoners in Scotland’s largest prison are to receive enhanced employment support in a bid to reduce re-offending rates in Scotland. Minister for Welfare Delivery Will Quince announced recently, during a visit to HM Prison Barlinnie, that it is the latest prison to take part in a scheme where those close to release are to be … More Employment Hotline Opens for Offenders in Scotland’s Largest Prison

Drugs Being Smuggled Into Prisons Using Mail

Synthetic Narcotics are being smuggled into prisons through the postal system. Criminals are now able to synthesise drugs using chemical processes which then can be soaked into everyday writing paper which is then mailed to prisoners.   It was recently reported in the Press & Journal that a single page of A4 paper is worth more than … More Drugs Being Smuggled Into Prisons Using Mail

HMP Winchester Still Unsatisfactory Despite Extra Staff & Funding

The 2018/19 Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) Annual Report for HMP Winchester is published today. The independent monitors say that, despite progress since their highly critical report last year, the prison’s performance is still unsatisfactory in a number of areas. In its 2018/19 annual report (PDF) released today, the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) notes that, in the year to … More HMP Winchester Still Unsatisfactory Despite Extra Staff & Funding

1,400 New Prison Places Approved at Full Sutton – UK

Jail is the first milestone in the UK Prime Minister’s pledge for 10,000 new prison places. green light for new 1,440-capacity prison in East Yorkshire new prison will create jobs and boost local economy Plans for a new modern jail at Full Sutton have been approved, paving the way for the first of the 10,000 … More 1,400 New Prison Places Approved at Full Sutton – UK

10 Prisons Project Sees Drops in Violence and Drugs

Violence and drug use at some of the UK’s most challenging prisons in England and Wales have fallen following a trailblazing year-long programme, Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer MP announced today (22 August 2019).  The 10 Prisons Project was a ground-breaking attempt to turn around some of the most difficult jails through enhanced security, strong leadership … More 10 Prisons Project Sees Drops in Violence and Drugs

£100 Million Crackdown on Crime in UK Prisons

Prison security will be boosted by a £100 million investment as part of a crackdown on crime behind bars, the government announced 13 August 2019. The investment will target all types of crime in prison; from drug smugglers fuelling a rise in violence and self-harm, to gang kingpins continuing to run their operations from jail, … More £100 Million Crackdown on Crime in UK Prisons

UK – Offender Rehabilitation Drive Boosted by New Release On Temporary Licence rules

One year on from the launch of the prisons Education and Employment Strategy, 230 additional businesses, including Pret A Manger and Greene King, have joined the UK Ministry of Justice’s flagship offender work placement scheme, the New Futures Network (NFN). One year since prison Education and Employment Strategy, 230 additional businesses have joined the New … More UK – Offender Rehabilitation Drive Boosted by New Release On Temporary Licence rules