Hard time: the paradox of current imprisonment policy

We are now used to gloomy reports about prison conditions from sources close to the ground, and the duration and impact of current prisoner lockdowns leads to even more disturbing assessments.  

17 March 2021

Not in the job description

Is it the job of the Chief Inspector of Prisons to lobby the government to build new prisons?

18 December 2020

Prison violence and the limits of reform

In May last year I was among more than a hundred organisational representatives who trooped over to the (unfortunately named given current events in Syria and Iraq) Isis youth prison in south east London.

4 July 2019

Size matters in prison safety

The bigger the prison, the less safe and respectful it is, according to new research published in the latest edition of Prison Service Journal.

The research, based on an assessment of reports from the Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales, found that smaller prisons...

15 September 2016

Time to demolish Pentonville prison, Centre's director

The Director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Richard Garside, today said that Pentonville Prison in North London should be demolished, with affordable housing for Londoners built in its place.

His comments follow another grim...

23 June 2015

Prisons: deteriorating conditions

Lord Woolf, the former Lord Chief Justice has warned about deteriorating conditions inside UK prisons and has called for an Inquiry, reports the BBC

A Justice Committee report, '...

24 March 2015

Prisons inspector won't reapply for job

Nick Hardwick, the Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales, took to Twitter today to announce that he wouldn't be reapplying for his job.

2 December 2014

A very disturbing place

The chief inspector of prisons Nick Hardwick does not mince his words in his...