Today the Ministry of Justice released the latest Safety in custody statistics covering deaths in prisons in England and Wales to June 2020 and self harm and assaults to March 2020.
The COVID-19 outbreak has shone a spotlight on prisons as major sites of contagion.
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.
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.
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...
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...