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

Ten Charged With Air Dropping Drugs and Phones Into Seven Prisons in UK

Ten people have appeared in court over allegedly plotting to drop drugs and other illegal items into prisons across the North West and Midlands, UK using drones. The eight men and two women, all from the West Midlands, have been accused of three counts of conspiracy to supply drugs, psychoactive substances and banned items, West … More Ten Charged With Air Dropping Drugs and Phones Into Seven Prisons in UK

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