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The Maze prison in Northern Ireland

UK government considers single secure jail unit for Islamist terrorists (The Guardian 13 February 2016)

(Photo : The Maze prison, where republican IRA and INLA inmates died during a hunger strike in 1981. Photograph: PA) Proposal to replace dispersal system with ‘British Alcatraz’ to house convicted terrorists has alarmed prison chiefs The government is seriously considering placing all convicted Islamist terrorist prisoners in England and Wales in a single secure unit,…

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“A damning indictment of an unsafe, overcrowded system”, Nicki Jameson on the 2013-2014 report into prisons in England and Wales

“… On 10 October 2014, the prison population in England and Wales was 84,485. The imprisonment rate of England and Wales is 149 per 100,000 of the population; in Scotland it is 147 per 100,000. This does not include those held in police stations, immigration detention centres or secure mental hospitals. Twenty years ago, the…


UK : Close Supervision Centre expands, by Kevan Thakrar

 photo Close Supervision Centre at Woodhill Since I first arrived on the Close Supervision Centre (CSC) system in March 2010 I have seen a distinct pattern emerge in the way the system is being operated. All possibilities of the chance to progress back to main location have been removed; even the liars in charge don’t…

Poster A man standing London 21 November 2014

21 November 2014 : A Man Standing in London

Eric Allison, The Guardian’s prisons correspondent : « The monologue « A man Standing » is a dramatic, highly charged tale ». « In my time I have read, listened to, or watched, many accounts of penal life, fact and fictional; but not encountered too many that have transported my mind immediately back in a prison cell: Jimmy Boyle’s Sense of…

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