Comment

Prison lockdown: breaking minds and destroying lives

Under the tight restrictions of lockdown in prisons in England and Wales since March 2020 in response to COVID-19, it is now the ‘norm’ for prisoners to be kept in their cells for up to 23 hours a day.

By 
David Scott
28 October 2020
Comment

Remembering and forgetting the Woolf Report

Lord Justice Woolf’s Prison Disturbances April 1990: Report of An Inquiry (1991) is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and progressive reports in the history of prisons in England and Wales.

By 
David Scott
15 September 2020
Publication

Prison Service Journal: 231

With a special focus on the future of prisons. Articles include: 'What is to be done: Thinking about abolitionist alternatives', by David Scott. 'Prison planning and design: Learning from the Past and Looking to the Future', by Yvonne Jewkes. 'Can prisons contribute to social justice? Interview...
Prison Service Journal
3 May 2017
Comment

Reducing sentencing and inequalities in Wigan

On the 22 March 2017, it was announced that HMP Hindley near Wigan, close to Greater Manchester, will be part of the government's £1.3 billion prison development programme which aims to redesign...
By 
David Scott
6 April 2017
Comment

The sickness haunting the prison system

There is a sickness haunting the prison service in England and Wales. This sickness, which systematically generates suffering and death, goes right to the very heart of the daily workings of prison regimes.

By 
Dr David Scott
2 February 2017