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Services on the brink

Services on the brink Public services are at breaking point after seven years of Tory austerity.

Tories’ punishment and privatisation fuels crisis in prisons

Tories’ punishment and privatisation fuels crisis in prisons Prison riots that broke out last week put the spotlight on the overcrowded jail conditions in England and Wales under Tory rule. Simon Basketter investigates

Failings in care contributed to death of Sarah Reed in prison, inquest finds

Failings in care contributed to death of Sarah Reed in prison, inquest finds The death of Sarah Reed in Holloway prison in January 2016 raises questions about the whole prison system

LETTERS - Prisons are violent cesspits that the Tories make even worse

LETTERS - Prisons are violent cesspits that the Tories make even worse Prisons are violent cesspits that the Tories make even worse

Prisoners riot in Bedford

Prisoners riot in Bedford Around 230 prisoners protested over terrible living conditions and took control of at least two wings of Bedford Prison last Sunday.

Protests, boycotts and strikes hit prisons across the US

Protests, boycotts and strikes hit prisons across the US A wave of prison strikes has spread across the US. Prisoners at an estimated 40 institutions across over 20 US states held strikes, protests and boycotts on Friday of last week.

SNP’s growth for Scotland depends on the lobbying industry

07 September 2016
The Scottish National Party (SNP)’s vision for Scotland includes much corporate lobbying.

Tories attack prisoner rights

09 February 2016
David Cameron said on Monday that prison reform is “one of the great progressive causes”.

Injustice after trans prisoner dies in Leeds jail

24 November 2015
Vicky Thompson, a 21 year old transgender woman held in a male prison, was found dead on Friday of last week.

In brief

10 November 2015
Half cannot get enough care | Plenty of cash for prisons | Government taken to court

'Thank you for standing up for justice', Shaker Aamer tells campaigners

31 October 2015
Shaker Aamer has thanked all those who have campaigned for his release when he arrived home after his release from the US prison camp Guantanamo Bay.

More than arms—Britain's link with Saudi Arabia's despotic ruling family

20 October 2015
Saudi Arabia is notorious for its human rights abuses, its treatment of women and migrant workers. Yet it enjoys a cosy relationship with Britain’s rulers. Dave Sewell explains why

Roof demo at Strangeways takes on 'joke' conditions

15 September 2015
Visits were suspended and roads closed to traffic at HMP Manchester after prisoner Stuart Horner began a rooftop protest last Sunday.

Report slams Yarl’s Wood detention centre

18 August 2015
Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre is a “place of national concern”, according to a new report by chief inspector of prisons Nick Howard. 

Babar Ahmad freed at last after 11 years of jail torment

21 July 2015
IT worker beaten up, extradited and put in solitary—but judge found he wasn’t a terrorist, says Ken Olende

News in brief

09 June 2015
Suicide up in solitary cells | Newham email students suspended | Andy Coulson walks free

Strangeways prison uprising - 25 years on

07 April 2015
The biggest rebellion in the history of British prisons took place in Strangeways in Manchester in 1990. Annette Mackin retells the story

Families of Iraqis threatened with deportation by Britain speak out

17 March 2015
British authorities have rounded up around 30 Iraqis and locked them into detention centres in recent week. 

News round-up

24 February 2015
Privateer Maximus takes over Work Capability Assessments; Scottish prison plans; Cardiff Abortion Rights' March for Choice

The fight to save Rodney Reed from death row

03 February 2015
The state of Texas plans to execute Rodney Reed despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence. His brother Rodrick Reed spoke to Annette Mackin about the fight to grant him clemency

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