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With the numbers of prisoners dying by suicide at a record high, Professor Graham Towl, formerly the Chief Psychologist at the Ministry of Justice, has written for the Howard League for Penal Reform calling for a greater focus on suicide prevention in UK prisons. 

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It is troubling to see any research withheld and our profession would support open publication and transparency – academic, ethical and professional debate about issues raised through research. The...

We are all intrigued by crime. Yet how we view prisoners from a human rights perspective, and the conditions in which they are housed, are both important questions that receive little measured popular attention. Towl and Crighton’s Suicide in Prisons is a timely book...

In their letter entitled ‘Adult autism – hidden in forensic settings’ (September 2016), Sarah Ashworth and Dr Ruth J. Tully highlight that adults with autism spectrum...

Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison is a participatory, multi-modal art experience inside HM Prison Reading, centred on the theme of imprisonment. Oscar Wilde wrote De Profundis, a letter to his male lover, whilst imprisoned at Reading and it is...

In an interview with Leonidis Cheliotis in 2004, Philip Zimbardo said 'I believe that the human mind has the capacity for infinite possibilities, that we are not born good or evil, but have mental templates that allow us to become anything we can imagine ... Mother Teresa,...

I read with great interest your four feature articles that pertained to life in prison (‘The survival secrets of solitaries’, ‘The emperor’s new clothes?’, ‘Rehabilitation – writing a new story’ and ‘Understanding the experience of imprisonment’,...

One of the students I teach told me that she had recently visited a police station to observe a mental health team. The police sergeant asked whether she’d like to go into the police cell for a short period of time; she agreed. She told me how struck she was by this...

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...