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UK: Five Prison Staff Suspended After Lee Rigby Murder Suspect Injured In Belmarsh

From the article: “Five members of prison staff have been suspended after Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo lost two teeth when he was restrained in jail. The 28-year-old was injured at high-security Belmarsh prison in south-east London on Wednesday, where he is being held on suspicion of murdering soldier Lee Rigby.”

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UK: Prison will boost north Wales economy, first minister says

From the article: “North Wales is the Ministry of Justice’s preferred location for a 2,000-inmate new jail by 2017, ahead of London and north west England.  ‘It will bring opportunities to north Wales in terms of training and employment, in terms of construction and work within the prison, as well as the wider benefits to the whole region.'”

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UK: Prison is ‘ineffective’ punishment for many women offenders, say MPs

From the article: “The MPs concluded that prison remained an “expensive and ineffective” way of dealing with many female offenders who do not pose a significant risk to public safety.  They called for a redesign of the female custodial estate and a “significant” increase in the use of residential alternatives to custody.”

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UK: Haverigg prison selected in bid to reduce reoffending rates

From the article: “The reforms will mean all offenders leaving custody receive ‘through the gate’ supervision and support to turn their lives around.  Introducing resettlement prisons will mean many offenders are released from prisons in, or close to, areas where they will live.”

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UK: Lewes Prison hooch problem prompts fresh fruit clampdown

From the article: “Fruit portions were reduced and other products that could be used – including five-litre cleaning containers used to make the hooch – were either removed or moved away from inmates.”

We have done the same thing in Ohio.  We were recently under a consent decree relating to the medical care of inmates that required fresh fruit to be served with meals.  However, staff have said that some fruit is easier to make hooch from than others (oranges, for example, are easy; bananas, less so).  Some institutions cut up the fruit so it is more difficult to carry away from the chow hall; others have ramped up searches of inmates when they leave the chow hall.  Some institutions have also taken a close look at the containers used to make the hooch and tried to more closely regulate those.  Across the system, institutions have also moved from selling sugar to providing only sugar substitute.  It’s pretty much an ongoing battle, though.

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UK: Teesside prison criticised for neglecting prisoner who killed himself

From the article: “Hall’s cell was fitted with CCTV, but his actions were not monitored by prison staff and he lay bleeding for 20 minutes after cutting his throat. The jury concluded the failure of staff to observe and interact contributed to his death.”

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UK: Prison experts urge replacement of run down ‘dungeons’ with ‘superjails’

From the article: “Kevin Lockyer, a former senior Ministry of Justice official and ex-prison governor, says “damp Victorian dungeons” should be replaced by 10 to 12 new “hub” jails holding up to 3,000 inmates.”

Look, I’m no fan of dungeons, but my sense is that larger facilities are more difficult to manage from an administrative perspective and that inmate abuses are more likely to happen because of the reduced oversight.

Then again, the article says that the “super jail” would hold 3,000 inmates, which is not actually that many in comparison to American prisons.  We have several facilities in Ohio with more than 2,000, so I suppose it is not that different.  My caution is that the facilities where this works successfully are the lower security facilities – the higher security facilities with more than 2,000 inmates do have serious problems.

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UK: Prison conditions slammed in report

From the article: “Inmates are still being housed in “archaic and Dickensian” conditions in some parts of Cork Prison, a report has revealed…”We welcome the Government’s commitment to a new prison in Cork and hope it will resolve the issues of overcrowding, the practice of slopping out, and meet international standards and human rights criteria.”

I don’t know what “slopping out” entails, but it doesn’t sound good…

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UK: Probation Reforms ‘Unworkable’ Say Campaigners

From the article: “Government plans to make every convict leaving prison spend at least a year under supervision in the community have been branded “unworkable” by a leading campaign group.”

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UK: Hewell Prison Branded ‘Unsafe And Degrading’

From the article: “‘Some communal areas were filthy, and even after they had been ‘cleaned’ by underemployed and badly supervised wing cleaners, they remained so,” he added.  The inspector found “all sorts of waste” being thrown out of prisoners’ cells into the exercise yards below with the resulting mess left untouched.”

According to the report, when the Chief Inspector voiced his concerns, the response received was generally, “it’s nothing to do with me,” or “this is how things are done around here.”

If I had a nickel…

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