Category Archives: Prison News

New Mental Health & Reform publications on 4WardEverUK

Document Filessource: 4WardEver UK
published: 21 May 2017

Check out their new publications section dedicated to mental health and reform, and which compliments other existing topical genres.

This new section includes books and publications related to general mental health as well as mental health related detention, therapeutic treatment and good practice, reports, reform, and much more.

Including:

Mental Health, Race and Culture
This powerful text offers a unique analysis of the impact of race and culture on contemporary issues in mental health. Drawing on extensive international experience, Fernando challenges the traditional ideas that inform practice in clinical psychology and psychiatry in order to promote new and alternative ways of thinking. Read the rest of this entry

Women shouldn’t be forced to seek refuge inside a prison

Borstal young offender cellsource: Politics.co.uk
published: 20 May 2016

By Claire Cain
Over the years Holloway has been like a refuge to me – sleeping in doorways was tough. When it was freezing and there was snow on the ground, I would never have survived outside.”

The above quote is from the story Survival, part of an online collection of anonymous first-hand accounts about life in soon to be closed Holloway prison. It says everything about why we, at the national charity Women in Prison (WIP), have launched a campaign to Reclaim Holloway, and why we want to see a different approach to prison reform from that set out in the Queen’s Speech.

Every year around 9,000 women are sent to prison, yet the only risk of harm posed by most of them is to themselves. Suicides in prison are on the rise. Read the rest of this entry

Vulnerable ‘at risk in mass secure units for juveniles’

Prisoner hands on barssource: The Observer
published: 29 Nov 2014

Controversial plans that would see children “warehoused” in a new generation of large-scale secure colleges for juvenile offenders will be confirmed on Monday [24 November].

Peers in the House of Lords had tabled amendments to the criminal justice and courts bill so that the colleges would exclude boys under the age of 15 and all girls. But the government will reject the amendments when the bill goes back before parliament.

The move will dismay prison reform groups, who are concerned by plans to create large units capable of holding up to 320 offenders, including girls and boys aged between 12 and 17.

The government believes the colleges will provide a more healthy environment for young offenders, one that is more like a school than a prison, and stresses that girls and younger boys will be protected because they will be held in separate, fenced-off blocks. Read the rest of this entry