Comment pieces and articles

Prison Reform Trust staff regularly write articles for online and print publications, you can read them here.

Recent articles

May1 01/05/2018 00:01:00 by Ryan Harman

A number of people have contacted us recently asking about the impact of confiscation orders on other aspects of prison. If you have a confiscation order there are implications for things such as recategorisation, ROTL and HDC, particularly if you have defaulted and are currently serving the default term.

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Apr1 01/04/2018 00:01:00 by Ryan Harman

Under the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful to discriminate, harass or victimise someone because they have a protected characteristic. Protected characteristics are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

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Mar1 01/03/2018 00:01:00 by Ryan Harman

Home Detention Curfew (HDC) is a scheme which allows some people to be released from custody early to a suitable address providing they stay there during certain hours—usually a 12 hour period through the night. This is monitored by an electronic tag which you would be required to wear—which is why it is often referred to as 'tagging'.

Rumours about HDC are commonplace in prison, and barely a week goes by without someone asking us if the eligibility criteria have been extended. Sadly, there is no truth to these rumours at present, and changes to eligibility like this would need a change in legislation first.

However, HM Prisons and Probation Service are currently trying to improve the procedures for those who are eligible for HDC, and this drive is accompanied by new guidance for prisons, PSI 01/2018 Home Detention Curfew Assessment Process.

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Dec1 01/12/2017 00:01:00 by Ryan Harman

It has been impossible to pick up a copy of Inside Time in recent months without being struck by one thing—the impact of the move to smoke-free prisons is being felt across the prison estate. Reactions have been mixed—though most smokers are understandably upset by the change, some have been glad of the incentive to quit. There are mixed reactions from non-smokers too—some pleased about the potential improvements for their health whilst others concerned that the subsequent unrest is far from ideal in a system which is already under pressure.

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Nov1 01/11/2017 00:01:00 by Ryan Harman

Correspondence in the last two months of Inside Time has prompted fresh enquires about sex offender notification requirements and reminded us about the level of confusion that still exists around this subject. People often tell us of their frustration after being told different information by different advisers about whether it applies to them. Although Stevens Solicitors have already provided further explanation in October’s edition, we thought it would be worth covering this again to help anybody who is still unsure, and provide clarity about the information we give on the subject.

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Oct1 01/10/2017 00:01:00 by Ryan Harman

Body Worn Video Cameras are becoming more common in prisons following a commitment by HMPPS, previously NOMS, to roll them out nationally as part of attempts to improve safety and security in prison.

In this article, Ryan Harman, Advice and Information Manager at the Prison Reform Trust explains the rules currently governing their use.

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Aug1 01/08/2017 00:01:00 by Ryan Harman

Provisions for people in prison under The Care Act 2014 came into force in England in 2015. It made clear what duties prisons and local authorities have for people with social care needs in custody. It means that local councils have a responsibility to assess possible social care needs of people in prison and approved premise in their area. They should also ‘provide information and advice to aid well-being, and services such as aids to daily living that will prevent, reduce or delay increased care needs developing’.

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Jul1 01/07/2017 00:01:00 by Ryan Harman

Earlier this year, the Correctional Services Accreditation and Advisory Panel (CSAAP) recommended that the prison service replace Core and Extended programmes with new offender behaviour programmes, Horizon and Kaizen. We have recently received several enquiries about the new programmes, and noticed that a number of people have been writing to Inside Time about this as well.

We therefore thought it would be helpful to share some of the information we have received from HMPPS (previously NOMS) about these programmes including who the programmes are for and course outlines. This article focusses on Kaizen, about which we have had the most enquiries recently.

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