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Poisonous prisons


The chair of the parole board and former chief inspector of prisons, Prof Nick Hardwick, said last month that violence inside jails was now at its worst ever level. He described the recent murder in Pentonville prison as “the most extreme example of the decline in safety”

The latest prison safety figures show that assaults on staff and inmates had risen 40% in the past year to 65 a day, while there are record levels of prison suicides and self-harm. Prisons are so overcrowded and cells so filthy that many have become places of “violence, squalor and idleness.” Read the full story

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‘New for old’ prison policy


Justice secretary Michael Gove has vowed to close down “ageing and ineffective” Victorian jails and sell off their sites to fund new buildings to replace them.

“We have to consider closing down the ageing and ineffective Victorian prisons in our major cities, reducing the crowding and ending the inefficiences which blight the lives of everyone in them and building new prisons which embody higher standards in every way they operate,” said Gove in a speech to the Prisoner Learning Alliance. Read the full story

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