Comment

The failure of custody visiting in police stations

Custody in police stations is a very locked-down affair. People who have been arrested and are detained spend most of the time isolated in their cells. Custody visitors are the only outsiders who...

By 
John Kendall
15 March 2018
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...

By 
Dr David Scott
2 February 2017
News

Downsize prison to tackle suicide crisis

Our Director, Richard Garside, has called on the government to develop a long-term plan to downsize prisons across England and Wales. The government should aim to at least halve the number of people locked up over the next twenty years, he said.

His call comes as...

26 January 2017
Publication

Prison - more than detention?

John M Moore sets detention in an historical context and questions its 'reformative' goals. (This article is republished from Issue 71, Spring 2008 of Criminal Justice Matters) In the 1920s, Alexander Paterson, the Prison Commissioner declared that people ‘come to prison as punishment...
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Publication

Deaths in detention

(This article is republished from Issue 71, Spring 2008 of Criminal Justice Matters) ‘When I calmed down I asked them why they hit me in the nose and jumped on me. They said it was because I wouldn't go in my room so I said what gives them the right to hit a 14 year old child in the nose and they...
By 
Deborah Coles and Helen Shaw
cjm 102: And finally...
Comment

Beyond Govism

According to liberal commentators, Michael Gove's speech on penal reform at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, and his subsequent announcement that HMP Holloway was to close, will...

By 
Joe Sim
14 December 2015
Publication

What’s the worst that could happen? The death of Christopher Alder

Janet Alder tells of her brother’s unlawful killing in custody and the subsequent police surveillance of her family We were originally given 11 minutes of video evidence of Christopher dying on a custody suite floor, with his trousers and boxer shorts down to his knees, with five police...
By 
Janet Alder
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Comment

Stolen lives and missed opportunities

In April 2015, an inquest into the death of 18-year-old Greg Revell in Glen Parva YOI finished. Greg, a vulnerable young man showing vivid signs of previous self-harm, was sent to prison despite...

By 
Ayesha Carmouche
30 April 2015