Cigarettes are part of the social and economic fabric of prisons.
Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/PA Images
Almost total journalistic shutdown is worsening the UK prison crisis.
As prison populations rise this hidden issue is only making things worse.
A poisoned chalice.
Anthony Devlin/ PA Wire
A new reform bill will not fix the prison problem: too many people are being incarcerated.
Monotony, loneliness, trauma, isolation and alienation create a demand for drugs inside.
A BBC report has revealed the extent of drug use in UK prisons. It will be difficult to tackle the problem without a radical review of sentencing practices.
Whether guilty or not, the criminal justice system flounders when dealing with autism.
Meg Wallace Photography/www.shutterstock.com
Autistic defendants and prisoners are suffering at the hands of an out of date criminal justice system.
Deaths after leaving custody are often ‘hidden’ from proper scrutiny.
Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire
New research suggests 400 people have died from suspected suicide within 48 hours of leaving police detention in the last seven years.
Dan Kitwood/PA Wire
Little thought is given to the well-being of those in custody.
HM Prison Bedford, which was the scene of recent violent disturbances.
Joe Giddens PA Wire/PA Images
Problems in the UK prison system go back decades, if not centuries.
A new policy announced by the Ministry of Justice will help transgender prisoners to be treated with respect.
A surge in violence led to six homicides in prison in 2015-16.
Anthony Devlin / PA Wire
One solution: free those remaining people imprisoned for their own protection.
Having a baby in prison can be traumatic, so how can this issue be solved?
Doing time: successful prisons have to ensure prisoners’ time is well spent.
Closing Victorian jails is an opportunity to create prisons that benefit inmates – and society.
The screen is as close as many people get to experiencing prison. But do these dramas offer a realistic insight into life behind bars?
Getting out of jail may no longer be free.
The US is facing a silent crisis on prison probation, and the UK is following its lead.
Prisoners took control of Strangeways for 25 days.
Suicide, bullying and drugs continue to plague the penal system despite promises of change.
The coalition got off to a rocky start on crime with the 2011 riots.
The government faced civil unrest almost as soon as it came to office. Then it decided to cause some disruption of its own.
Opening doors for former offenders.
Peter Macdiarmid/PA Archive
Re-offending rates of former prisoners in England and Wales are stubbornly high, at more than 50% for young adults – and this costs the taxpayer between £9.5m and £13m per year. Despite the fact that research…
Three policemen died in the incident that led to Roberts’ sentence.
The news that Harry Roberts is to be released from prison – potentially within days – has been greeted with outrage among the police. But after 48 years in prison, it’s time the knee-jerk reactions stopped…
Kicking foreign prisoners out isn’t – and shouldn’t be – easy.
Once upon a time, you could tell an election was just around the corner when politicians of all kinds started talking relentlessly about crime. “Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime” was Tony Blair’s…