The Centre's Research Analyst, Matt Ford, writes about the rising levels of self-harm in prisons in England and Wales
Our Director, Richard Garside, today welcomed comments by the former Chief Inspector of Prisons, Lord Ramsbotham, on the crisis in the prisons system.
In remarks reported by the i, Lord Rambotham said that the 'avoidable crisis' in prisons had 'been made a great deal worse by the deliberate actions of ministers and their officials'.
Reduce the prison population to tackle the high numbers of prisoner self-inflicted deaths, argues Dr David Scott of The Open University
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.
Paul Bebbington writes on new research that finds mental health problems in prison are high, and getting worse
The Prime Minister and Justice Secretary prefer to play at being prison reformers, rather than doing the hard work involved, argues Richard Garside
The prison and probation systems in England and Wales are facing major challenges, writes Richard Garside
According to Ministry of Justice figures released last Thursday, there has been a 69% rise in suicides in penal institutions in the 12 months ending in March 2014. The Guardian reports on the 30% rise in serious assaults (1,661) and 3 murders over the same period. The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said 'there was no simple explanation for the increase'.
According to figures from UK researchers, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, the economic crisis in Europe and North America led to more than 10,000 extra suicides.
Data from 24 EU countries, the US and Canada was analysed with the findings showing that losing a job, having a home repossessed and being in debt were the main risk factors for people taking their own lives.