The National Prisoners Newspaper
8th August 2011 – No Embargo
PRISON SERVICE RATCHET UP SECURITY AWARENESS IN WAKE OF RIOTS
The Prison Service has increased its security state to amber in light of the riots that have hit London in the last two days – but it may be a double-edged sword said Mark Leech, editor of Converse, the national newspaper for prisoners in England and Wales.
Mr Leech said: “It is right that the Prison Service are aware that what is happening on the streets could spill over into the prisons – particularly if those currently arrested end up in prison themselves.
“But they have a difficult line to tread between pre-empting unrest on one hand, and not seeking to incite it on the other.
“Politicians inflame the situation by just dismissing those who have caused this rioting as ‘mindless thugs’, rioting cannot be condoned, of course not, but equally politicians must strive to understand why it has happened even if they cannot explain it.