prison

In 2014 many readers will have seen discussion of restrictions on prisoners receiving books. Driven by the then Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, these proposals were part of a revision of the Incentives and Earned Privileges Scheme (IEPS) that had come into force the year...

There has been a growing, if rather belated, recognition of the extent of sexual offending toward both adults and children in society. Recent examples of this would include the reports into large-scale and systematic child sexual abuse in Rotherham (Jay, 2014) and the serial...

A White Paper on crime famously described imprisonment as ‘an expensive way of making bad people worse’ (Home Office, 1990, para. 2.7). The inevitable harms of incarceration include the entrenchment of community disadvantage, the sundering of family ties and the limiting of...

‘No-one should be under any illusions, prisons and young offender institutions are grim environments: bleak and demoralising to the spirit.’ So warns a hard-hitting and affecting new report,...

Prisoner suicide is of particular concern for three reasons. First, there is the loss of life, by way of a potentially avoidable death. Second, prisoners tend to come from socially and economically disadvantaged groups with high levels of need and comparatively little access...

Many prison officers and workers in secure psychiatric hospitals feel unable to seek help for psychological problems, and the majority feel pressurised to come to work when sick due to fear of repercussions and loyalty to colleagues. Proposed changes to the pensionable age of...

Evil acts, we like to think, are the preserve of psychopaths. Yet 30 to 40 years ago, a series of classic psychology experiments showed that the behaviour of ordinary people can be transformed in groups and that the most decent of individuals can be led to behave in the most...

Women and Secure Settings

‘If there was a service in the community’; ‘if we had the staff who could work with self-injury’; ‘our service is for mental illness not personality disorder’. All too familiar accounts, heard in my time working as lead...