Prisons

Intern in trouble after accidentally sharing prison keys
A prison guard
Tall Tales

Intern in trouble after accidentally sharing prison keys

And other stories from the stranger side of life
4 Mar 2021
Gust of wind makes woman pregnant
Baby
Tall Tales

Gust of wind makes woman pregnant

And other stories from the stranger side of life
19 Feb 2021
Isis Beatles face ‘fate worse than death’ in hellish US jail
Isis
In Brief

Isis Beatles face ‘fate worse than death’ in hellish US jail

British jihadis say they fear being sentenced to life in ‘hellhole’ supermax prison if convicted by US court
25 Aug 2020
Mum caught digging tunnel to free murderer son
Prison
In Brief

Mum caught digging tunnel to free murderer son

And other stories from the stranger side of life
4 Aug 2020
Coronavirus: what should prisons do?
French prison
In Depth

Coronavirus: what should prisons do?

Jail conditions make disease control impractical, and many countries are releasing inmates to avoid mass coronavirus infections
2 Apr 2020
Coronavirus: will the UK government release prisoners?
Prison
In Brief

Coronavirus: will the UK government release prisoners?

Campaigners say the move would save lives of inmates and officers
24 Mar 2020
52 ideas that changed the world - 31. Prison
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In Depth

52 ideas that changed the world - 31. Prison

From the brutal conditions of medieval jails to the modern ‘rehabilitation not incarceration’ focus in Scandinavia
17 Jan 2020

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Does deradicalisation work?
Usman Khan
In Depth

Does deradicalisation work?

Government programmes under fire following London Bridge attack
2 Dec 2019
Leaked documents reveal brainwashing in China’s prison camps
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In Brief

Leaked documents reveal brainwashing in China’s prison camps

Documents challenge Beijing’s claims that the camps provide voluntary education
25 Nov 2019
Suicide rate among released prisoners is rocketing
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In Brief

Suicide rate among released prisoners is rocketing

Calls for greater scrutiny after deaths increased sixfold since 2010
19 Nov 2019
Why Brazil’s jailed former president could be freed
Lula, Brazil
In Depth

Why Brazil’s jailed former president could be freed

Supreme Court overturns law that saw dozens jailed the largest corruption scandal in the country’s history
8 Nov 2019
Does prisoner rehabilitation work?
A prison guard behind bars
In Brief

Does prisoner rehabilitation work?

Former head of Prison Service says staff should ‘stop fretting about rehabilitation’
30 Oct 2019
Britain’s ten worst prisons
Prison
In Brief

Britain’s ten worst prisons

Mixed results for the £10m scheme designed to cut violence
27 Aug 2019
Will the Tories’ tough new stance on crime pay off?
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In Brief

Will the Tories’ tough new stance on crime pay off?

Labour warns stop-and-search expansion ‘risks riots’
12 Aug 2019
How UK prisons are failing young offenders
A prison guard behind bars
Daily Briefing

How UK prisons are failing young offenders

Watchdog says children are not getting necessary support to succeed in life following release
8 Aug 2019
Well-behaved prisoners to be handed cell keys
A prison guard at HMP Pentonville in London
In Brief

Well-behaved prisoners to be handed cell keys

Ministry of Justice announces controversial reforms to encourage good behaviour
12 Jul 2019
What are secure schools?
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In Depth

What are secure schools?

The UK’s first alternative to youth jails will open next year in Kent
1 Jul 2019
Should prisoners be allowed to vote?
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In Brief

Should prisoners be allowed to vote?

Scotland proposes new legislation to give inmates serving a sentence of less than 12 month the right to vote
25 Jun 2019
Prison inmates using dead rats to smuggle drugs into jail
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In Brief

Prison inmates using dead rats to smuggle drugs into jail

Officers at HMP Guys Marsh in Dorset made the gruesome discovery earlier this month
25 Mar 2019
Islamist convict’s pregnant partner shot dead by police
Conde-sur-Sarthe high-security prison in Normandy
In Brief

Islamist convict’s pregnant partner shot dead by police

Woman killed during stand-off with police after knife attack on two guards
6 Mar 2019
Should shorter prison sentences be scrapped?
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In Brief

Should shorter prison sentences be scrapped?

Justice Secretary says six-month terms or less are ‘ineffective’ in preventing crime
19 Feb 2019
Majority of inmates at women’s prison ‘have a brain injury’
Prison
In Depth

Majority of inmates at women’s prison ‘have a brain injury’

New study links prevalence of severe head injuries to offending rates
6 Feb 2019
Freed sex offenders being housed in hotels, warns watchdog
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In Brief

Freed sex offenders being housed in hotels, warns watchdog

Probation inspectors say lack of monitoring is putting public at risk
24 Jan 2019
Why does Wales have the highest imprisonment rate in Europe?
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In Brief

Why does Wales have the highest imprisonment rate in Europe?

Study suggests sentencing irregularities and socioeconomic factors to blame
17 Jan 2019
Window bars to be axed in UK prison shake-up
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In Brief

Window bars to be axed in UK prison shake-up

Reforms are aimed at ‘normalising inmates’ environments’ and helping boost rehabilitation
10 Jan 2019
Austerity ‘squarely to blame’ for rise in prison violence
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In Brief

Austerity ‘squarely to blame’ for rise in prison violence

Labour look to link sharp rise in attacks and self-harm to government spending cuts
26 Oct 2018
Attacks on emergency workers in five shameful statistics
Far-right protest
In Depth

Attacks on emergency workers in five shameful statistics

MP decries ‘national scandal’ as new law doubles prison time for assailants
13 Sep 2018
HMP Birmingham emergency takeover: what went wrong?
HMP Birmingham
In Depth

HMP Birmingham emergency takeover: what went wrong?

Government steps in after new report reveals shocking levels of violence and drugs in the jail
20 Aug 2018
What is on TV tonight?
Eve Myles in Keeping Faith
In Brief

What is on TV tonight?

The Week rounds up the best picks for this evening’s television
26 Jul 2018
Why do so many more prisoners die in custody?
A prison guard at HMP Pentonville in London
In Brief

Why do so many more prisoners die in custody?

Police Commissions says 23 people died in English and Welsh prisons last year, the highest for a decade
26 Jul 2018
Seven best documentaries on Netflix
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In Depth

Seven best documentaries on Netflix

From murder mysteries to nature epics, here are some of the most binge-worthy non-fiction shows on Netflix
11 Jul 2018
Why UK prison inmates are getting phones in their cells
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In Brief

Why UK prison inmates are getting phones in their cells

Move is part of new £30m package of measures aimed at curbing violence in jails
10 Jul 2018
Why the Netherlands is closing its prisons
Netherlands prison
In Brief

Why the Netherlands is closing its prisons

Dutch crime statistics make damning reading for UK ministers struggling to tackle overcrowded jails
21 Jun 2018
Why Kim Kardashian West went to the White House
Trump, Kim Kardashian
In Depth

Why Kim Kardashian West went to the White House

The reality TV star’s surprise summit with Trump focused on prison reforms
31 May 2018