Feltham prison: Inspectors found 1 in 4 children held in what amounts to solitary confinement

The Howard League for Penal Reform has responded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons’ report on Feltham prison, published on 13 January. Andrew Neilson, Director of Campaigns More...

Prison suicides in England & Wales at ‘7-year high’

Eighty-two prisoners killed themselves in 2014, up seven from the previous year, according to statistics compiled by the Howard League for Penal Reform. Frances Crook, the chief More...

Sikh wins compensation over prison turban challenge

A Sikh solicitor has won undisclosed compensation after being barred from entering a prison to visit a client because he had pins in his turban. Amrik Bilkhu, a criminal defence More...

Supporting New Bridge’s vital work

On a rainy day in January, New Bridge Volunteer Hilary started the 1st leg of walking the Capital Ring (6.2 miles Woolwich to Falconwood) to raise funds for the prison charity More...

Chris Grayling spent £72,000 of taxpayers’ money to defend ‘unlawful’ prison book ban

The High Court has ruled Chris Grayling’s prison book ban “unlawful” and Mr Justin Collins said he could see “no good reason” for the Government’s stance and said More...

The Final Countdown!

English PEN is delighted to announce the 2014 winners, runners – up and highly commended of the prison writing competition. More...

Whippet puppy


At the end of last year my eldest son’s family acquired a beautiful Whippet puppy. Since their last pets were More...

From over the wall From over the wall

F or the past few weeks I have been occupied with many things including preparing for...

Open prisons – a failing holiday camp?

There is currently a crisis in the open prison system. This much we know from reading...

Reducing violence in prisons

There has been a lot of media attention recently about the rise in violent incidents in...

Unlock’s office move

Since January 2014, we’ve been based at Maidstone Community Support Centre. For the last year, we had a Royal Mail ‘postal divert’ in operation, which meant that we were still receiving any letters that were sent to our old address. This divert is no longer in operation. If you see our old address anywhere, please let those involved know our new one. Our full address is Unlock, Maidstone Community Support Centre, 39-48 Marsham Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1HH.  More...

When I came to prison

“When I came to prison it felt as if I had lost everything. After a period of undiagnosed depression, self medicated with copious amounts of alcohol, I irrationally set fire to my own flat. So when I say I’d lost everything, I literally mean everything! More than material things, I’d lost my selfconfidence, I’d lost all self-belief and particularly any hope of returning to my previous role as a ‘jobbing artist’, painting murals, meeting client briefs, facilitating More...

Further Education doesn’t have to just be about employment

Dan said he wasn’t interested in further education. “I can read and write well enough,” he said. “Besides, I already know..

Rod’s look ahead to 2015

This time last year I predicted that 2014 would be a year of anxiety and opportunity. It was more extreme than..

House of Lords: Secure colleges

Lord Ramsbotham (CB): I have a confession to make about the whole secure college proposal. For the first time More...

Parliamentary Questions

Highlights from the House of Commons Prison Accommodation Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what new additional..

Banks on Sentence

Banks on Sentence Robert Banks, a barrister, writes Banks on Sentence. It is the second-largest selling criminal practitioner’s text book and is used by..

Valentines Messages

Valentine’s Messages For my sexy hubby, Simeon, happy Valentine’s day my baby. A love like ours gets even stronger with these days we..
Valentine’s Messages

Valentines Messages

For my sexy hubby, Simeon, happy Valentine’s day my baby. A love like ours gets even stronger with these days we..

Our own version of Islam is being blocked, fettered and stonewalled

I and many of my companions are Salafists. Yet we find a great number of prison service Imams are Sufi’s. NOMS..

Why does it take so long

In April 1992, I sat in London’s Hammersmith Hospital together with solicitor Gareth Peirce at the bedside of Sam Kulasingham an..