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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

April 24, 2009: Howard League On Titans' Doom

Commenting on BBC and Independent reports that the Government will scrap Titan prisons in favour of five 1500-place prisons, Frances Crook, Director of the Howard League for Penal Reform, noted that:

"Titan jails were a disastrous idea and are now a titanic policy failure. Building five 1500-place prisons - bigger than any other jail in the country - is not the answer to the chronic problems of overcrowding and violence in our jails."

"Overcrowded, squalid prison conditions lead to rioting, violence and chaos, which is dangerous for prisoners, staff and local communities. In the past 5 years, there have been 5,337 fires started in English and Welsh jails. 120 of these were at Wandsworth, currently the biggest prison in the country. Prisons are awash with drugs, violence and arson and the government is planning to inflict all this on more local communities."

"The answer to rising prison populations is not to build more failing jails, which churn out unreformed prisoners into local communities, more damaged and dangerous from having spent time in our colleges of crime. It is time for the government to look at wholesale reform of the criminal justice system and spend taxpayers' money on projects and initiatives that work in reducing reoffending."

The comments were responding to information that plans to build three giant "Titan" prisons holding 2,500 prisoners each are to be dropped. The Independent suggested that this may be because the Treasury objected to the  £1.2bn cost of the Titan building programme.