Ministry of Justice Apologises!

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Prisons Minister Andrew Selous said in a written ministerial statement that prisons had been recording information about overcrowding, incorrectly, for the last six years The National Offender Management Service Annual Reports failed to record that two prisoners, not one, were living in crowded conditions when they were in a cell designed for one prisoner. Mr Selous said ‘it is unacceptable that those incorrect figures have been published since 2008-9 and that these errors were not identified sooner. Since discovering these errors we have taken urgent steps to More...

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The state of the pension

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Recent issues of Inside Time have quoted the Carson case on pensions and suggested that this may be relevant to prisoners. This is a case that was taken by a woman in South More...

Older prisoners

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The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman addresses the Annual Perrie Lectures on learning lessons about older prisoners “Arguably, one of the most important tests of the humanity More...

Listener scheme

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Maria Foster of the Samaritans asks; how do prisoners deal with their loneliness, despair and suicidal feelings while they are serving their sentence? Prison can be a tough More...

Rotten

Rotten to the core

Both the State and the tabloid press need to accept responsibility for their actions and re-establish a proper system of justice. Bob Woffinden writes… If the UK authorities More...

Inside Drink and Drugs News

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the PAROLE BOARD

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EasyRead Guides We have developed two guides for prisoners to explain the parole process in Easy Read format. We are very More...

Prison Night

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PRISON NIGHT wants to thank you for your votes and responses so far on our pull out movie supplement in the More...

Does it make financial sense?

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Three men in a cell

I could not believe it when I arrived at HMP Belmarsh and was expected to share a cell with two other prisoners! Is this some sort of joke? In this cell are 3 men, 2 cupboards, 2...

Five more years of living hell

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Mistaken identity

Unfortunately for me I share the same name, and come from the same city, as a convicted rapist. If you Google the name Paul Hope it comes up as Paul Hope sex offender, Paul Hope convicted rapist,...

‘CCRC only wasting money’

I am a member of the opposition party and Head of Government in Exile of Iran, so sorry if my English is not so good. I have read some articles in recent issues of your newspaper on...

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In a recent issue of Inside Time a fellow prisoner asked if he could get any information about NTAC (National Technical Assistance Centre) who are part of the Home Office. For your readers’ information I put in...

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I’m writing to address some extreme concerns I have about the “zero tolerance” policies adopted by some prisons regarding being searched prior to visits. Until two weeks ago, my partner was being held at one particular Cat...

Tory sex scandal

The spotlight is once again focused on the British government and establishment. Yet another sex scandal has rocked the Tory party and this time it involves allegedly a paedo- phile ring within Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet, the very...

Suicide: a personal choice

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‘Please help’

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Tobacco rip-off

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Loss of State Pension revisited

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Phone costs extortionate

I have been in prison for over 2 years and have had to come to terms with the unfair and extortionate costs of telephone calls. All prisons that I have been in charge around 10p per minute...

The lies of The Sun

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For thousands of years Pagans have been persecuted and after being recalled I’m finding that some things haven’t changed much. I was informed that I would be allowed religious artefacts on reception but was refused my ‘Book...

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ROTL at HMP Ford not working

I am writing to you as a partner of a prisoner serving his sentence at HMP Ford. Four years of his sentence have now passed and he has at last been re-categorised and is now held at...

Banks on Sentence – July 2015

Robert Banks, a barrister, writes Banks on Sentence. It is the second-largest sell- ing criminal practitioner’s text book and is used by judges for sentencing more than any other. The book is classified by the Ministry of Justice as a core judicial text book. The 2015 edition of the book and app was published recently. The app is for Apple iPads and Windows 8 tablets and computers and costs £99 (incl. VAT). Updates will appear in the relevant paragraph. The print copy costs £106 and there will be regular updates on www.banksr.com. There is also a discount available when the print copy and app are purchased together. If you have access to a computer, you can follow Robert on Twitter: @BanksonSentence More...

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Pop singer Taylor Swift has become the youngest person ever to make it onto Forbes’s 100 most powerful women list. The 25-year-old makes her debut at number 65 and is among 17 women under the age of 45 to appear on the list. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is number one for the fifth year running, with Hillary Clinton. Tackling obesity is a major priority the government has said, as a report warns that one in five cancer deaths is caused by it. The alert came at the world’s More...

Battle of Waterloo Bicentennial

Britain’s first memorial to commemorate the soldiers who died fighting in the Battle of Waterloo has opened at the central London..

Snapshotts

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Finally, two more magazines I’ve enjoyed: ‘Snapshotts’ is the second edition of HMP Shotts new magazine. More...

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Hinduism – IThe path to Nirvana

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Short Story

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