Transforming lives: Reducing women’s imprisonment

Too many women, many of whom are mothers, are sent to prison every year to serve short sentences for non-violent crimes, often for a first offence, a new Prison Reform Trust (PRT) briefing reveals. The briefing marks the launch of a drive by the Prison Reform Trust, supported by a £1.2 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund, to reduce the number of women who are sent to prison for minor non-violent offences. The three-year UK-wide programme Transforming lives: Reducing women’s imprisonment will promote more effective, early intervention and non-custodial responses More...

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Transforming the lives of women in trouble

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Melissa (not her real name) had been arrested about 45 times and had over 35 convictions, mainly for theft from shops. As a child she had experienced domestic and sexual abuse. More...

Quote of the Month

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What a shoddy reward for Britain Colonel Tim Collins, The Daily Telegraph 15th August 2015 Britain should be ashamed of itself. On the one hand, we appear unable, More...

Jonathan King writes

Appreciating the good things about being alive  In a recent edition of the spectator I wrote a long piece about the false allegations industry. An abridged version is below: Young More...

Prison Service faces new round of spending cutbacks

Selling-off ageing prisons might soften impact on prison budgets says John O’Connor. All government departments other than health, education and defence now face a new round More...

Victims in prison

Unfortunately, assaults and crime in prison remain high. The recent annual report from the Chief Inspector of Prisons found that over the last year there were, on average, over More...

Bonnie & Clyde

Does the brutalisation of Clyde Barrow, in a Texas prison at the age of 21 which set him on a path of revenge, have any lessons More...

Going home – Preparing for release, returning to Ireland and other issues

The time leading up to release can be particularly stressful for a prisoner. You may have a great many questions More...

Justice in this country seems to be all about the money

Whilst watching one of those ‘Police, Camera Action’ type programmes on the box the other night, I witnessed a significant error on the part of the British criminal justice system. Following a stop and search, a man with a drug addiction was...

‘Here’s an insight for you, Mr Green’

I would like to respond to the mailbag from Phil Green at HMP Hull (July issue) titled ‘Why pander to some addictions and not others?’ I’m not a person who particularly cares what anyone else is in...

Sentence Plans are like unicorns

I would like to respond to the mailbag from Robert Gray – HMP Highdown (July issue) titled ‘A system to work with, not against prisoners’. Prior to coming to prison I too was under the delusion that...

‘Book Rooms are meaningless’

Re; Month by Month (August issue) how can Rachel Billington say that ‘the library is important but not the books’? Yes, a library can be multipurpose, but without the books it then becomes just another building for...

Information suppressed

I would like to thank the Prison Reform Trust for sending me a copy of the new ‘Release on Temporary Licence PSI 13/2015’. Here at HMP Humber the governor and OMU team have been suppressing the document...

‘Duff advice’ by solicitor – be warned!

I got 3 years for a Section 20 GBH when I was told by my solicitor to go not guilty right from the start. Yet when the case finally reached Crown Court he told me I had...

Forced detox?

I am being told that I have to detox off Subutex because it is national policy to take all current inmates who are on opiate substitute medication off their prescriptions regardless of circumstances. Also, all inmates have...

No safety on G4S transport

On Friday 10th of July I was due in court and was placed on a G4S prison van. The seatbelt in my cubicle was broken and not fit for purpose. I called out to the two guards...

Too many deaths at HMP Exeter

Someone needs to ask the question of what has gone so seriously wrong here at Exeter prison to make 5 people hang themselves in almost as many months. And we should be given an answer. If this...

Breakthrough Group at HMP Stafford

I am the co-ordinator for the Breakthrough Group here at HMP Stafford. The group’s primary role is to support prisoners who identify as gay, bisexual or transgender. From its conception 5 years ago with just 3 members,...

A healthy diet for prisoners?

Here at HMP Leeds we recently had the bizarre sight of Healthcare handing out NHS ‘5-a-day’ leaflets to prisoners when our daily menus often provide only 2 distinct portions of fruit and vegetables, perhaps 3 if you...

‘Take responsibility for your own actions’

I am writing in response to a letter you published in the July issue by Zeyad El-Kaissi, titled ‘Muslims discriminated against by the Courts’. Well, I am sick of hearing about people being discriminated against every time...

Creating an illusion of support

Over 3 months of leaving prison – having served almost 7 years inside – and I am starting to appreciate why so many exprisoners end up returning to those dungeons of darkness. After being cut off from...

Nick Hardwick, missing the point completely

When I read the piece from Nick Hardwick, HMCIP, in the June issue of Inside Time I almost snorted my rice crispies as I read the part where he stated – ‘Let us know whether you think...

‘Mental health and addictions ignored’

Older prisoners (I’m 53 and have had a double heart bypass) should have a wing of their own and should have life-threatening illness treated seriously and not ignored, as they are now in HMP Wymott. Mental health...

Asthma and no alarm

I am a young offender aged 19 and I have been here for 4 months. I have asthma and breathing problems but, luckily, I haven’t yet had any problems with breathing. But I would just like to...

We all share one thing in common…

  Every month there seems to be at least one prisoner who writes to Inside Time and attempts to compare their own crime(s) and/or sentence length/conditions to that of another. Yet, like it or not, we all...

The 2nd Chance Programme

I would like to say how the 2nd Chance Programme here at HMP Highdown has helped me engage more within the prison. The objectives I identified with my mentor have allowed me to be more positive and...

Why did the government cover up child abuse by ministers and members of government?

The recent revelation of papers found in a box marked “Cabinet Secretary Miscellaneous Papers” which shows that there was a cover up of allegations of child abuse is not surprising to me, not only because I have been hearing anecdotal allegations against senior public figures since at least 1997, but also because in the past we lived in a different age. A letter written in 1986 by Sir Anthony Duff, followed an inquiry into an MP alleged to have a “penchant for small boys.” Sir Anthony had apparently spoken to the errant MP, who denied the allegations. Rather than the allegations being referred to the police, Sir Anthony apparently accepted the denial and did not pursue it further. The More...

NEWS IN BRIEF

#gallery-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 100%; } #gallery-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ In response to the migration crisis in Calais, David Cameron sends a sniffer dog. Chris Sims, More...

World Obesity Day

The first World Obesity Day is to be held on 11th October 2015. The World Obesity Federation will be using the..

Food industry associations sue government over soda warning labels

The American Beverage Association, The California Retailers Association and California State Outdoor Advertising Association are suing the San Francisco city authorities..

In the news…

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Growing market New psychoactive substances (NPS) are now being detected in Europe at a rate of two per week, More...

Month by Month

Rachel learns about prison, police and more varied criminal slang from Noel ‘Razor’ Smith’s new book, ‘The Criminal Alphabet’. Language can..

Places of ‘violence, squalor and idleness’ where one prison officer ‘wouldn’t keep a dog’: Prisons are in their ‘worst state for 10 years’

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales, Nick Hardwick launches his latest and last Annual Report 2014-15 Nick Hardwick’s stark final report as Her Majesty’s Inspector of Prisons..

Ministry of Justice Apologises!

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..

A message to the new Justice Secretary Michael Gove

We want them to have self worth, so we destroy their self worth To be responsible, so we take away all responsibility To be part of our community, so we..

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