Prisons

'People in prison need art, music and reading': Inside the prison libraries that break down walls
Prisons

'People in prison need art, music and reading': Inside the prison libraries that break down walls

Around two-thirds of prisoners in England and Wales have the literacy skills expected of an 11-year-old – prison libraries are pivotal in changing that
Feeling like change in the UK isn't possible? Let these 28 purposeful campaigns prove otherwise
Activism

Feeling like change in the UK isn't possible? Let these 28 purposeful campaigns prove otherwise

Prisoners could be released 60 days early to ease prison overcrowding
prison population
Prisons

Prisoners could be released 60 days early to ease prison overcrowding

Fixing prison overcrowding may not be a vote-winner – but it's essential to keep people safe
Darren Nicholas

Fixing prison overcrowding may not be a vote-winner – but it's essential to keep people safe

How a groundbreaking theatre project is teaching prisoners there's more to life than crime
prisons

How a groundbreaking theatre project is teaching prisoners there's more to life than crime

Yes, some prisoners will be released early before Christmas – but it can actually make victims safer
Prison is no picnic - but for some rough sleepers, it at least provides a 'safe' place to stay. Image credit: Piqsels
Prisons

Yes, some prisoners will be released early before Christmas – but it can actually make victims safer

Time star Jodie Whittaker slams prison service for failing women: 'Surely there's a better system'
Jodie Whittaker stars in BBC1's Time
Interview

Time star Jodie Whittaker slams prison service for failing women: 'Surely there's a better system'

I spent 10 years working as a prison officer. The impact of staff cuts and reduced funding has been devastating
Alex South portrait, brown hair black top
Alex South

I spent 10 years working as a prison officer. The impact of staff cuts and reduced funding has been devastating

From prison cell to homeless, how a new law will give former convicts a better chance at turning their lives around
Rehabilitation

From prison cell to homeless, how a new law will give former convicts a better chance at turning their lives around

This small change in the law will give prisoners the best chance to rebuild their lives
prisoners sleeping rough
Rehabilitation

This small change in the law will give prisoners the best chance to rebuild their lives

End Friday releases for prisoners so they can access housing and health services, Big Issue founder tells Lords
Illustration of a person bending bars
Criminal justice system

End Friday releases for prisoners so they can access housing and health services, Big Issue founder tells Lords

How the UK prison system 'sets people up to fail'
prison
Prisons

How the UK prison system 'sets people up to fail'

The failures of education in prison are criminal
Amanda Spielman
Amanda Spielman

The failures of education in prison are criminal

John McAvoy was one of Britain's most wanted criminals. Now he's an athlete changing the lives of vulnerable young people
John McAvoy/ young people
Sport

John McAvoy was one of Britain's most wanted criminals. Now he's an athlete changing the lives of vulnerable young people

I've spent Christmas in prison and on the street - finding recovery saved my life
Peter da Silva

I've spent Christmas in prison and on the street - finding recovery saved my life

Scotland has the perfect antidote to ex-prisoners' reoffending rates
Edinburgh at Christmas
John Bird

Scotland has the perfect antidote to ex-prisoners' reoffending rates

Top 5 books about the prison system, chosen by Andy West
Razor wire
Top 5 books

Top 5 books about the prison system, chosen by Andy West

If we're going to reform prisons, we should start with the prisoners
Razor wire at sunset
John Bird

If we're going to reform prisons, we should start with the prisoners

Prison performs U-turn on banning handwritten cards for inmates after public outcry
Prison
Prisons

Prison performs U-turn on banning handwritten cards for inmates after public outcry

Homelessness is holding back prison leavers when they get a second chance
prison leavers
prisons

Homelessness is holding back prison leavers when they get a second chance

Women are asking to stay in prison beyond their sentence because they don't have a home to go to
prison
Homelessness

Women are asking to stay in prison beyond their sentence because they don't have a home to go to

Stephen Fry to feature in play telling lockdown stories of prisoners and homeless people
Justice system

Stephen Fry to feature in play telling lockdown stories of prisoners and homeless people

Screw creator Rob Williams: 'We don't always look at prisoners as individuals'
TV

Screw creator Rob Williams: 'We don't always look at prisoners as individuals'

Why is the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on a hunger strike?
nazanin zaghari-ratcliffe husband, richard
Politics

Why is the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on a hunger strike?

Prisoners turn critics to review TV shows and films during Penned Up Festival
Small Axe was reviewed during Penned Up
News

Prisoners turn critics to review TV shows and films during Penned Up Festival

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