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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

Prisons: UK

Action for Prisoners' Families promotes the just treatment of prisoners' families by the prison system and society across the UK.

Angulimala is the Buddhist Prison Chaplaincy Organisation. It aims to make available facilities for the teaching and practice of Buddhism in Her Majesty's Prisons.

The Butler Trust identifies and celebrates the achievements of those who work in UK prisons and have shown exceptional skill or initiative in work with prisoners. It recognises these efforts through a number of major awards.

The Guardian Special Report on Prisons contains many essential articles.

HM Inspectorate of Prisons is an independent body which inspects prisons in England and Wales, and reports to the Home Secretary on the treatment and conditions of prisoners.

HMP Wolds is a Category C training prison for adult males managed by Group 4 Custodial Services under contract to the Home Office. It has this dedicated website.

The Independent Custody Visiting Association promotes the custody visiting process through advocacy, training, publicity and support.  It provides a discussion forum and aims to assist the Home Office, police authorities and other interested bodies in best practice for custody visiting schemes.

The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody is part of the Ministerial Council on Deaths in Custody. The IAP plays an important role in helping to shape government policy in this area through the provision of independent advice and expertise to the Ministerial Board on Deaths in Custody.

The Inside Out Trust develops prison projects based on restorative justice principles. Prisoners learn new skills which they use to provide goods and services to disadvantaged people all over the world.

Mental Health Primary Care in Prison offers a superb practitioner’s guide to mental ill health in adults and adolescents in prison and young offender institutions.

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) was created in 2004 following a review of correctional services which identified key gaps in the work of prisons and probation. NOMS was restructured to join up prison and probation headquarters as part of the reorganisation of the Ministry of Justice. This website remain lives but is no longer updated. (Up to date information about NOMS can now be found on the Ministry of Justice website.)

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman investigates complaints from prisoners and those subject to probation supervision. The Ombudsman is completely independent of both the Prison Service and the National Probation Service.

The Prison Privatisation Report International  (PPRI) reports on global developments in the privatisation of prisons, detention centres and other elements of criminal justice systems. lists government sites, campaign groups, support groups, charities and other organisations related to prison, prison reform and penal reform (mainly within the United Kingdom).

The Prison Reform Trust aims to create a just, humane and effective penal system, by inquiring into the workings of the system; informing prisoners, staff, and the public; and influencing  Government towards reform.

The Prison Rules for prisons in England and Wales (Statutory Instrument 1999 No. 728) can be downloaded in full from this website

The Prison Service website has a wealth of information about out about the work carried out in the 138 prisons in England and Wales.

Prisons Virtual Walkthrough: This virtual tour of a prison is government sponsored. It offers  a chance to see what happens when a man, woman or young offender is sent to prison. It gives some idea of what prison is like.

Prisoners Abroad assist UK prisoners held overseas. They provide advice, information and support to British nationals in prison abroad and their families.

The Reform Remand campaign is calling for an improvement in the treatment of, and conditions for, people held in prison awaiting trial and a reduction in the needless use of custodial remand. It is organised by the Prison Reform Trust.

The Scottish Prison Service aims to be recognised as a "leader in prisons' correctional work which helps to reduce recidivism...". Its website offers material for download in support of this aim.

Women in Prison provides welfare and education to women in prison. It believes that prison should be reserved for a small number of violent and serious offenders from whom the public should be protected.

Prisons: International

The American Correctional Association is a professional association for those who work in all disciplines in corrections. It offers comprehensive access to resources in corrections.

The American Civil Liberties Union has a useful section on prisoners’ rights.

The Correctional Service of Canada site has information on Canada's federal institutions for men, institutions for women, community correctional centres for offenders on conditional release, and parole offices.

The US Federal Bureau of Prisons states that its mission is “to protect society by confining offenders in the controlled environments of prisons and community-based facilities that are safe, humane, cost-efficient, and appropriately secure, and that provide work and other self-improvement opportunities to assist offenders in becoming law-abiding citizens.”

Florida Department of Corrections has some interesting and detailed material for download, including material on the death penalty.

The GEO Group provide private corrections and detention management, health, and mental health services to federal, state and local government agencies.  They offer a "diversified array of turnkey services run operations" in the USA, Australia, Canada, Cuba, South Africa, and the UK.

Hong Kong Correctional Services deliver custodial and rehabilitative services. Their website contains information on individual penal institutions, rehabilitative work and correctional services.

Human Writes is a not-for-profit humanitarian organisation which befriends and supports people on Death Row in the USA.. Human Writes is not a campaigning or political group, but aims to non-judgementally respond to as many prisoners as they can.

The International Corrections and Prisons Association provides a forum for criminal justice professionals to share ideas and practices aimed at advancing professional corrections.

The Irish Penal Reform Trust is a human rights based advocacy organisation which campaigns for the creation of a more rational and humane penal system, including the increase of community sanctions and the implementation of restorative justice.

Just Detention International (JDI) is a human rights organisation that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. It works to protect the basic human rights of all detainees, in the U.S. and internationally.

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) offers a huge variety of resources for corrections practitioners, policy-makers, trainers, and researchers. Online resources include downloadable publications and training materials, and taped video programs for Internet streaming.

The New Zealand Department of Corrections manages custodial sentences (imprisonment and home detention) and non-custodial sentences and orders (supervision, community work and parole), provides information to the judiciary to inform decisions, and supports the New Zealand Parole Board.

The Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services in Western Australia aims to bring independent external scrutiny to standards and operational practices of custodial services. The Office undertakes inspections of all prisons in the state and also conduct ‘thematic' inspections.  All inspections and reports are downloadable, making this site an excellent resource. is a US based website which, as its name indicates, makes no claims to academic neutrality. It aims to supply “useful, verifiable statistics about the crime control industry”.  The site has some useful links to research, factsheets, and other resources.

The Pennsylvania Prison Society is a social justice organisation that advocates on behalf of prisoners, formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. Based in Philadelphia,  it was founded in 1787.

The Swedish Prison and Probation Service's English language website outlines the Service's main tasks: to implement prison sentences and probation, to be supervise conditionally released persons, to implement community sentences and prepare pre-sentence reports in criminal cases.

Tihar Prisons have an impressive history of rehabilitation based on the "New Delhi correctional model”. The Tihar Jail Complex in New Delhi is one of the world's largest prison complexes, and this site offers a fascinating insight into the Tihar regime.