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Staff Blog: And the Problem Is?

Another prisoner died in the custody of the State yesterday. It appears that he was stabbed to death by at least one other inmate. Two other prisoners were seriously injured. I read this news in a tweet last night. The first response to that tweet was: "…and the problem is?" It is easy not to care about people in prison. It is easy to see them as ‘other’, deserving of whatever disgusting treatment gets meted out to them. Some have done terrible things to other people. The primal, biblical desire for vengeance and retribution is strong. Here are a few reasons why it might be regarded as a problem to have a prison system which is absolutely rife with violence, suicides, squalor and hopelessn

Staff Blog: Truss announces campaign to recruit ex-armed forces staff as prison officers

The Conservative Party conference is rarely the arena in which progressive criminal justice policies are trailed. Tory Ministers know that they are unlikely to receive that elusive conference buzz from a speech about improving life chances for prisoners. The party faithful are usually more appreciative of policy proposals which fit into a narrative of ‘toughness’. The announcement from Liz Truss that a campaign is to be launched to recruit ex-armed forces staff as prison officers should be viewed with this in mind: “Who better to instil the virtues of discipline? Who better to show what you can achieve in life with courage and integrity? They will help our prison officers lead the change. Sa

Client Testimonial: "I was facing a huge battle in convincing the Parole Board that I was ready

As an IPP prisoner maintaining my innocence, I was facing a huge battle in convincing the Parole Board that I was ready for open conditions. I was given Lisa Burton's number and after deciding to get legal representation, I spoke to Lisa. From the initial phone call I knew I had the right person fighting my corner. Lisa was straightforward, upfront and had a reassuring knowledge of all aspects of my case and prison law. She made me feel comfortable leading up to and during my Parole Board Review and was always available when I called to speak to her. I’m truly grateful to Lisa and I am now in open conditions positively working towards my end of tariff parole.

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