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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

June 19, 2007: Prison Officers Back More Prison Places

Leaders of the Prison Officers' Association have welcomed the announcement of the soon to be Prime Minister Gordon Brown to provide significant finances to provide two thousand extra prison places, by the end of the year.

They are however, still unsure how this will impact on the Prison Service and staff in general. The announcement has been made as the newly established Ministry for Justice is proposing to release two thousand prisoners from over-crowded jails, in an attempt to ease the current prison crisis.

POA General Secretary Brian Caton said:

“The announcement is obviously welcomed, but, we are not aware of the full implications or the impact this will have on the prisons who will have to accommodate the fast build units and extra prisoners that go with these buildings. Whilst it is a fact that in the last ten years around twenty two thousand extra prison places have been created."

"There have not been any new prisons built and the bottom line is that we have simply put two prisoners into a single cell and used fast build units without the extra staff to supervise the increase in prison numbers. The prison service has simply robbed Peter to pay Paul. The ratio of prisoners to staff has significantly increased with the level of cost and bureaucracy spiralling out of control. This new promise has to be fully resourced; the service can not continue to manage on the backs of staff under the guise of efficiency. We only hope it is not too little too late”