Official figures reveal rising violence in prisons in England and Wales

A rising tide of violence inside prisons across England and Wales has been revealed by official figures showing serious assaults soaring by 30%, three murders in the past 12 months and a 69% rise in suicides to the highest level for nine years. According to Ministry of Justice figures, the number of self-inflicted deaths in […]

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The Howard League for Penal Reform’s submission to the Independent Review into Self-Inflicted Deaths in NOMS Custody of 18-24 year olds

The Howard League for Penal Reform welcomes the opportunity to engage in Lord Harris’ review. The review is a unique opportunity for expert scrutiny of systemic failings in the penal system that have culminated in the tragic deaths of so many young adults in custody. This inquiry is the only opportunity to examine the wider context […]

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Prison Reform Trust response to young adults, self-inflicted deaths in NOMS custody

The Prison Reform Trust (PRT) is an independent UK charity working to create a just, humane and effective prison system. We do this by inquiring into the workings of the system; informing prisoners, staff and the wider public; and by influencing Parliament, government and officials towards reform. The Prison Reform Trust’s main objectives are: • […]

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Government announces review of self-inflicted deaths of 18-24 year olds in custody

The Government has announced today that it is setting up an independent review to investigate self-inflicted deaths in custody of young people aged 18-24.  The announcement means that the proposal to scrap YOIs (see T2A’s December 2013 response to MoJ consultation) has been suspended pending the outcome of the review. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said […]

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