50 SHADES OF GRAYLING
For those of you who have difficulty in understand what the average mendacious politician actually means by the reams of verbiage that they spew forth, 50shadesofgrayling have produced a helpful translation of Chris Grayling's recent 'Open letter to Probation Staff', in which he tried to sell them the persuade them of the 'benefits' in having their jobs turned over to his friends in the private sector.
WILFUL NEGLECT IS THE PRISON HEALTH CARE NORM
The is more than a modicum of irony in the announcement that the government are seeking to introduce penalties, including possible imprisonment, for medical staff that are found guilty of "wilful neglect". We say irony because for decades the worst medical care (sic)... [Read More]
THE UNKINDEST CUT YET
Hidden away in the recent Prison Service Instruction (PSI 30/2013) on the new revised Incentive and Earned Privileges (IEP) scheme is something that we initially missed. Under the heading "Facilities List and items available at each IEP level"... [Read More]
NEW IEP CHANGES STORING UP TROUBLE
Despite what Chris Grayling would have you believe, the new changes to the Incentive and Earned Privileges (IEP) scheme that he has recently introduced are not a 'get tough' move. Instead they are a cost cutting move aimed and saving hundreds of thousands... [Read More]
CHANGES TO IEP 'TO BLAME' FOR LATEST PRISON DISTURBANCES
It was no coincidence that the two prison disturbances on Saturday, at HMP Maidstone and HMP Rye Hill, coincided with the introduction of the new revisions to the Incentive and Earned Privileges (IEP) scheme, with the POA's Ralph Valerio claiming on TV today that the new regime changes were a significant factor in the Maidstone protests. Be prepared for more in the coming months.
GRAYLING'S IEP TWEEKS COME INTO FORCE
On November 1 the revisions to the Incentive and Earned Privileges (IEP) scheme outlined in Prison Service Instruction 30/2013 came into force. The changes will apply to all adult prisoners (aged 18 and over)... [Read More]
PREDICTING VIOLENCE IN PSYCHOPATHS IS 'NO MORE THAN CHANCE'
Assessment tools used to predict how likely a psychopathic prisoner is to re-offend if freed from jail are "utterly useless" and parole boards might just as well flip a coin when deciding such risks, psychiatrists said on Tuesday... [Read More]
A (NON-UNIFORMED) PLEB'S THOUGHTS ON PLEBGATE
“It’s increasingly clear that a grave injustice has been done to Andrew Mitchell.” - Nick Herbert. No, Mr Herbert (by name...), a grave injustice is when you spend decades behind bars, loose your home, loose your friends and family... [Read More]
CANADIAN PRISONERS STRIKE OVER PAY CUT
If prisoners and campaigners in England and Wales thought prison pay was bad over here, we should spare a thought for federal prisoners in Canada. Whilst their average weekly prison pay is similar to over here, approx. $15 (£9) a week... [Read More]
ONE WOMAN'S STAND AGAINST PRISON SLAVERY
The Pussy Riot story has been in the media since three members were arrested and charged under hooliganism charges following the publishing online of a mimed performance of an anti-Putin song (the lyrics that the Russian political and judicial system found so threatening... [Read More]
It will come as absolutely no surprise to anyone who knows anything about the true state of the prison system in England and Wales that the very nicks that the prison privatisation lobby has been holding up as the ideal for their brave new world of a future 'marketised' prison estate... [Read More]
HYPOCRISY MASQUERADING AS SIMULATED OUTRAGE
In typical Daily Fail fashion, the paper has trotted out its own unique brand of simulated outrage at what 'those nasty foreigners' are doing whilst totally ignoring the equivalent behaviour right under their own noses. In their recent story 'Former inmate claims Chinese prisoners... [Read More]
CALIFORNIA PRISON INDUSTRIES IN TROUBLE
It has long been an established business practice of any government, whether it be national or, as in the case of the U.S.A., state level, to exploit the resources that they control to offset their overheads. And those resources obviously also include their prison population... [Read More]
SPS INDUSTRIES FACING A 'NEW BROOM'
Following on from our recent story on changes at the Scottish Prison Service headquarters, it appears that uniform procurement is not the only sector of their operations showing the distinct influence of the new infusion of fresh blood from south of the border... [Read More]
A THOUGHT OR TWO ON SUPERVISION
Clearly if 60% of all people who receive a prison sentence of 1 year or less go on to reoffend, then 40% do not. Why then should those who are doomed not to commit another crime (or at least not get caught for it as there is no accurate way to actually measure reoffending... [Read More]
PUTTING THEIR SHIRTS ON BANGLADESH 2
It seems that we might have been a little unfair in charging the SPS with coming up with the dubious 'innovation' of outsourcing their prison officer uniform shirts and blouses to the sort of Bangladeshi sweatshops that have been in the news recently... [Read More]
SPS: PUTTING THEIR SHIRTS ON BANGLADESH
It has long been common knowledge that prison officers' uniforms have for years been made in China using prison labour, amongst other manufacturers. Originally British prisoners made these uniforms in British prisons, just as the same prisoners manufactured... [Read More]
HANGING AND FLOGGING AND FLAGELLATION
According to the Daily Telegraph, Chris Grayling has claimed that the "Tories not just the party of 'hanging and flogging'". No, clearly they have added the pointless, and in many cases the downright dangerous, flagellation of prisoners to their 'true blue' contribution... [Read More]
‘THE LEGAL STATUS OF PRISONERS IN THIS COUNTRY IS A MARK OF ITS HUMANITY’
On 4 April, a matter of days after the cuts to civil legal aid were brought into effect, Chris Grayling has announced the Government’s intention to cut legal aid for prisoners seeking to bring proceedings for judicial review of decisions relating to their treatment or the conditions of their confinement. He complains that £4 million pounds in legal aid is spent annually on such complaints and says that they can be perfectly adequately dealt with by the internal prison complaints system.
Read more at: The Justice Gap blog. [19/04/13]
BEAM (PARK WEST) UP AGAIN SCOTTY
Can the Coalition's prison policy get any more nonsensical? Well, you've guessed it. Yes it can, as it now appears that the Ministry of Justice are looking at building one of their new 2,000 place super mini-Titan prisons on the Beam Park West site, even though New Labour had previously abandoned plans for a smaller 1,500 place prison there as being too expensive and, more importantly, a serious flood risk. Que sera. [17/04/13]
KICKING PEOPLE WHEN THEY ARE DOWN
It appears that the Coalition's prisons rottweiler Chris Grayling is pursuing what appears to be his two favourite pastimes, attempting to give the prison population a good kicking (knowing, as all bullies do, that they are little able to fight back)... [Read More]
BASIC REGIME: INCENTIVES AND EARNED PRIVILEGES (IEP) SCHEMES IN PRISON
This is the latest article from Miscarriages of JusticeUK, the fruits of an investigation by John O into how the Basic Regime level of the Incentives and Earned Privileges Scheme works across the country in light of the Coalition's desire to curry favour with the tabloid press and make the prison regime more punative. It can also be found on our Prison Texts page.
EDUCATION IS SUBVERSIVE IN PRISON
The fate of Kate Hendry, a new creative writing teacher at the HMP Shotts' Learning Centre, is a sad reflection of the power of prison officers to destroy anything that empowers prisoners, that treats them as human beings rather than as problems of controland discipline. John Bowden's article 'Education Is Subversive In Prison' lays bare her discgraceful treatment.
LANDMARK PRISON LABOUR DECISION IN FRANCE
In what is seen by many as a significant court decision about the treatment of prisoners employed by private companies, Marilyn Moureau, a French prisoner who had been employed telephoning customer on behalf of Societal MKT, a call centre outsourcing company... [Read More]
The following is a letter that appeared in the February 2013 edition of the Inside Time:
I would like to bring to your attention the scandalous behaviour of some management and staff at HMP Wolds who, in my opinion, are in fact criminals... [Read More]