Prison reform campaigners have slammed Boris Johnson’s proposal to ‘come down hard’ on violent and sexual offenders as a bid to win votes.
The Prime Minister has ordered an urgent review of sentencing which could see violent criminals serving more of their sentence in prison.
Nearly 4,000 serial offenders were spared jail last year, despite some having as many as 50 previous convictions.
Women should not be sent to jail, an MP has said, amid calls for a better system for those who have broken the law.
Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, has said that it is “an appalling state of affairs” when someone has to choose between sleeping on the streets or prison, after a report said prisoners are reoffending to get a roof over their heads.
Convicted sex offenders who should have been closely monitored in bail hostels have instead been housed in budget hotel chains on their release from prison, inspectors have found.
Mark Day from the Prison Reform Trust has said proposals to remove bars from the windows of new prisons are “common sense”, describing it as “yesterday’s technology”.
Prison officers are to be given canisters of synthetic pepper spray to combat violence in jails, Prisons Minister Rory Stewart has said.
The Ministry of Justice has now assumed control of the establishment from G4S for at least six months.
Around one million public sector workers will benefit from the biggest pay rise in almost 10 years
Ross Kemp has created a documentary in Barlinnie Prison and joined Jon Holmes to reveal more about it
Tom Watson has called on Theresa May to help save the lives of the prisoners who are reportedly no longer being force-fed
Alan explained that he wouldn't pay for a solicitor for his son because he shouldn't get off for something that he did
Codey called on Sam Gyimah to speak up in an interview with James Whale and Ash Gould
Steve Gillan, the Prison Officers Association's General Secretary, spoke to Paul Ross about UK prison services
Chief constable Simon Bailey has claimed paedophiles who view indecent images but don't go any further should be rehabilitated rather than put in jail
Chief constable Simon Bailey has said that paedophiles who view indecent images but don't go any further should not be jailed, but rehabilitated instead
Dangerous prisoners are receiving hundreds of pound in compensation due to delays in the parole process, even when they are turned down for early release
The Ministry of Justice has warned that it will take legal action over 'unlawful' industrial action by prison staff which is set to begin on Wednesday
James Whale has criticised prison officers for presiding over 'out of control' jails, but the Prison Officers Association has hit back at this
At least 33 prisoners have been killed in a prison riot in Roraima, Brazil, reports claim the riot began at dawn and was a reaction to prisoners being killed last week
The prison system has come under scrutiny after prisoners took control of HMP Swaleside and HMP Birmingham
The Justice Secretary will address MPs on the riot at HMP Birmingham, which saw hundreds of inmates wreak havoc last week
A man who was innocent spent almost all of his adult life in prison, but was only given $75 (£60) upon his release and is now appealing for a larger sum of compensation
Our breakfast host asks the question after it was reported that a prisoner had smuggled a smartphone into his cell in order to play Xbox Live
Convicted murderer and former prisoner Erwin James told Jonny Gould how he turned his life around, and is now a Guardian columnist and editor of Inside Times
George Galloway opened his show on Friday with a monologue revealing his views on prisons in the UK and Donald Trump
"no-fly zones" will be imposed over jails to tackle the 'toxic cocktail' of drugs, drones and mobile phones behind bars
Ministry of Justice report also suggested 'cultural sensitivity' among staff towards Muslim prisoners could help stop terror hothousing
Prison Officers Association general secretary Steve Gillan says action must be taken