Prison

Christmas tales from the prison pulpit

28 December 2019 12:28

It was an unusual Christmas morning chapel service. There was a bishop, for a start, and a baptism and then,…

Locking child killers up for life won’t solve our prison crisis

20 November 2019 15:17

What should we do with adults who murder children? ‘Nothing good’ is a perfectly understandable response. Child killers occupy a…

Prison is failing. Here’s how to fix it

29 April 2019 10:03

As much as the country is divided by Brexit, there’s arguably an even more stark division. It’s the one between…

Family is the key for breaking the reoffending cycle

8 September 2017 14:10

Lord Farmer’s review on prison reform, launched this week at the Centre for Social Justice think tank, is ground-breaking for…

The government machine can’t root out Islamism in prisons. Believe me, I know

8 April 2017 11:00

In response to the Westminster attack, a 100-strong new counter-extremism taskforce has been announced to deal with the terrorist threat…

How to beat the prison drugs epidemic

8 December 2016 15:31

Pity the prisons minister, Sam Gyimah, who last week found himself explaining the term ‘potting’ to MPs on the justice…

The truth about black teenagers, prison and university

15 April 2016 15:55

A few months ago, David Cameron made an incendiary claim that splashed the Sunday Times and set the news agenda for…

Are we really supposed to believe David Cameron cares about reforming prisons?

8 February 2016 9:23

David Cameron has outlined his plans for prison reform today. But does he genuinely care about prisons or is he…

We need body scanners to tackle the prison drug problem

13 March 2015 11:00

As every prisoner and ex-prisoner knows the most frequently used route for drug smuggling into all categories of jails is…

Even rapist footballer Ched Evans deserves a second chance

16 October 2014 11:21

There has been a rumbling row for a while about Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans. He was found guilty of…

One Yorkshireman’s commendable bid for freedom

13 February 2014 9:14

Richard Milburn, a burglar, broke out of Kirkham Prison near Preston because he was sick to the back teeth of…

Chris Grayling plays Scrooge

23 December 2013 11:01

Chris Grayling is a nasty piece of work, isn’t he? To wit: [N]ew rules, which forbid prisoners from receiving any…

Chris Grayling gets a relatively easy ride over reoffending rates

10 November 2013 12:19

Theresa May accepted her Spectator Politician of the Year award with the quip: ‘It used to be a joke that…

Peter Hitchens is wrong (on the internet!). There really is a War on Drugs.

30 October 2013 12:31

Before I headed off on honeymoon I took a pop at Peter Hitchens’ rather odd assertion that there was no…

Let’s hope Vicky Pryce’s book does teach us about prison

14 May 2013 14:04

The departure of Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce from prison yesterday has its lessons for us all, on how to…

Theresa May and the right to family life

10 June 2012 12:15

Theresa May has been in the news recently, as she introduces plans to stop spouses coming to Britain unless they…

Labour wants to be the party of law and order

27 September 2011 11:33

Andy Coulson was right to worry about the coalition’s law and order policies: Labour is trying to outflank the government…

Clarke is right to focus on reoffenders

6 September 2011 19:53

The Justice Secretary Ken Clarke – who was away during the disturbances last month – has signalled his return with…

Cameron: Governments should provide enough prison places to satisfy the courts

19 August 2011 16:37

The row over sentencing rioters has morphed into a row about prison numbers and safety. Cathy Newman has been issuing…

Cameron’s missed opportunity

16 August 2011 11:31

As David noted earlier, the big headline in Nick Clegg’s speech this morning is that the government will hold some…