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There is no crisis
By Eric McGraw
Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, told Radio 4ís Today Programme ĎI am absolutely clear there is not a crisis in our prisons'

These are Mr Grayling's first comments on prisons since a recent run of reports highlighting overcrowding, violence and suicides. He also told Parliament some weeks earlier that there was no overcrowding. Everyone else seems to know that Britain's prisons are full to bursting. At the end of March this year, 77 of the 119 prisons in England and Wales were overcrowded. In some jails overcrowding has, in fact, become especially severe. The population of Swansea prison is 186 per cent of the prison service's measure of the number that can be held in safe and decent accommodation. Kennet, Lincoln, Wandsworth and Leicester jails all hold more than 170 per cent at the same threshold.

The prison population has kept on increasing - there are 1,500 more people in prison this year than there were last - even though crime is reported to be at the lowest level in 30 years. read full article

Learning lessons to reduce suicides in prison
Learning lessons to reduce suicides in prisonBy Nigel Newcomen CBE
Tragically, suicide in prison has increased sharply in the past year...

Inspecting the Inspectors
Inspecting the InspectorsBy Keith Rose
Keith Rose takes issue with the inspection report on HMP Whitemoor

ROTL update
ROTL updateBy Francesca Cooney Advice & Information Manager Prison Reform Trust
Following the recent difficulties with ROTL, guidance continues to develop...

Graylingís reforms
Graylingís reformsBy Tania Bassett
Rehabilitation or private profit

Purpose of prison
Purpose of prisonBy Ben Gunn
What is the point of prison? What is it we expect to happen via some mystical act of hiding someone away behind a 20 foot wall

Bank accounts - itís up to prisons now
Bank accounts - itís up to prisons nowBy Christopher Stacey Director (Services) Unlock

Enemies
By A R Mears
A R Mears shines a spotlight on the enemies of progress in the prison system

Americaís lap dog
Americaís lap dogBy John Bowden
John Bowden claims Britain slavishly copies American penal policy

How psychiatry could help you, but generally doesnít
How psychiatry could help you, but generally doesnítBy Dr Bob Johnson
Are you easily shocked?..

Why does it take so long
Why does it take so longBy Paul May
Challenging wrongful convictions is not suited to those who demand instant results, says Paul May

This is NOT me
This is NOT meBy A prisonerís wife
A prisonerís wife explains the effect of prison on the innocent

Treated like cattle
Treated like cattleBy A prisonerís mother
A prisonerís mother asks why there is no clear information on prisons

Month by Month September 2014
Month by Month September 2014By Rachel Billington
Rachel watches four hooded gangsters in HMP Brixton and looks at the concept of conscience and crime

Spotlight: shining a light on opportunities inside
Spotlight: shining a light on opportunities insideBy National Prison Radio
Every week on NPR, new show Spotlight visits a charity or training scheme and hears what they can do for you...

The Parole Board questionnaire results
The Parole Board questionnaire resultsBy Andrew Sperling The Parole Board for England and Wales
In June, Inside Time featured a letter from the Parole Board Chairman seeking views from prisoners...

Courts accused of wasting £230m a year by locking up suspects awaiting a trial
By Inside Time
Courts wasted an estimated £230 million of taxpayersí money last year...

One hundred and forty three metres
One hundred and forty three metresBy Ross Bell
Ross Bell's first impression of life on the inside

Letter from America
By Frederick Fillingham
Frederick Fillingham on the differences between the UK and US prisons

Tell us why you did it
Tell us why you did itBy Dr Peter Pratt
Knowing the factors that were important when you offended is the key to showing the Parole Board you have changed

From over the wall
From over the wallBy Terry Waite CBE
Terry Waite writes his monthly column for Inside Time

Sentence appeals
Sentence appealsBy David Wells
One of the most common themes in the many letters the appealís department...

The Forgotten Lifers
The Forgotten LifersBy Simon Rollason
IPP didnít start the fire

Dental negligence
Dental negligenceBy Attwood Solicitors
The importance of good dental care extends beyond keeping your teeth, it is also linked to good health generally. It is essential therefore to request regular dental check-ups and follow the advice given

Open and out... is it really that simple
Open and out... is it really that simpleBy Emma Davies and Nicola Blackburn
Emma Davies, together with Nicola Blackburn look at the Ministry of Justicesí recent change in guidance concerning open conditions and how those subject to a Parole process may be affected

Abuse of process
Abuse of processBy Aziz Rahman, Solicitor and Jonathan Lennon, Barrister
When will a Judge throw a case out of Court because of the behaviour of the Prosecution?



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September 2014 Headlines
> There is no crisis
> Learning lessons to reduce suicides in prison
> Inspecting the Inspectors
> ROTL update
> Graylingís reforms
> Purpose of prison
> Bank accounts - itís up to prisons now
> Enemies
> Americaís lap dog
> How psychiatry could help you, but generally doesnít
> Why does it take so long
> This is NOT me
> Treated like cattle
> Month by Month September 2014
> Spotlight: shining a light on opportunities inside
> The Parole Board questionnaire results
> Courts accused of wasting £230m a year by locking up suspects awaiting a trial
> One hundred and forty three metres
> Letter from America
> Tell us why you did it
> From over the wall
> Sentence appeals
> The Forgotten Lifers
> Dental negligence
> Open and out... is it really that simple
> Abuse of process

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