Author Archives: prisonsorguk

Should we look to Scotland to Reduce Reoffending?

There were far fewer serious assaults in Scotland’s prisons over the last year than in jails in England and Wales, new official figures show. Taking prisoner population into account, 73% fewer serious assaults were recorded in jails north of the border, according to the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe). The news follows comments made last… Continue Reading

Man accused of murdering Pentonville inmate ‘Planned to broker peace treaty’

A Congolese immigrant accused of murdering a fellow Pentonville prison inmate planned to broker a “peace treaty” with him by offering to share his smuggled weed, a court heard. Basana Kimbembi, 35, allegedly stabbed Jamal Mahmoud (right), 21, in a dispute over the ownership of a parcel which had been smuggled into the north London jail the… Continue Reading

‘Charismatic’ killer of Lee Rigby has converted prisoners to Islam, judge told

A Muslim extremist jailed for life after being convicted of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby is looked up to by fellow prisoners, a High Court judge has been told. Michael Adebolajo was “charismatic” and intelligence suggested that he had helped convert other inmates to Islam, Mr Justice Langstaff heard. Detail of the influence Adebolajo… Continue Reading

Prisoners Should Be Allowed To Vote Because…. in a democracy everybody counts

By: Mark Leech It has been almost eight years since David Cameron said it made him “physically ill” to be forced to give prisoners the vote –  well today he may be reaching for his sick bag. Media reports state that Justice Secretary David Lidington has circulated to his Cabinet colleagues his plan to allow those… Continue Reading

Murder Trial: HMP Pentonville. Officers “Did Favours” for Inmates Jury Told

Prison officers at a north London jail would regularly do “favours” for prisoners, including smuggling contraband, the widow of a fatally-stabbed inmate has told a court. New father Jamal Mahmoud, 21, was allegedly attacked by three fellow prisoners in a battle over illicit phones and a knife on G Wing of HMP Pentonville on October… Continue Reading

HMP Portland: 62% of HMIP Previous Recommendations Not Implemented At This Violent & Unsafe Prison

SAFETY: Reception staff were very welcoming, and procedures for new arrivals were appropriate. The first night unit was a decent environment where prisoners felt supported. Too many prisoners felt unsafe and levels of violence were very high. Self-harm was also high and often serious. The establishment’s response to diminished safety was inadequate. The incentives and… Continue Reading

HMYOI Wetherby: Three-Quarters of HMIP Recommendations Not Implemented At This Volatile Institution

OVERVIEW SAFETY:  Many boys arrived too late from court to benefit from a safe introduction to the establishment. There was a shortage of important basic items and boys spent too long locked in sparse cells on Wetherby’s induction unit. Too many boys did not feel safe and some safeguarding practices increased risk. Levels of self-harm… Continue Reading

HMP GRENDON – An Impressive Prison Working With Long Term Inmates

HMP Grendon offered excellent opportunities to the men it held to understand and address their offending behaviour, said Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the training prison in Buckinghamshire. HMP Grendon holds just over 200 men, all of whom are serving long sentences. All… Continue Reading