prisoners

Support and Information for children affected by imprisonment

Key points from this briefing are presented. Every year in the UK, more children experience a parent’s imprisonment than a parent’s divorce. Prisoners’ children suffer from many problems as a result of the imprisonment. Talking to children and young people about imprisonment is not easy and is a significant source of stress for parents and carers. A number of resources are increasingly available to help explain imprisonment to children and to give children and young people the information they need.

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland : annual report 2008-2009

Report providing a review of the inspection activities of HMIP in Scotland as well as reporting on the issues of severe and enduring mental health problems in Scotland's prisons and young offenders in adult establishments.

Disabled prisoners: a short thematic review on the care and support of prisoners with a disability

The National Offender Management Service is subject to the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act. This thematic report draws together information from prisoner surveys and inspection reports between 2006 and 2008, together with responses from 82 prison disability liaison officers (DLOs), to examine how well prisons are currently able to discharge these duties. Areas covered include: environment and relationships; safety; health services; activities; and resettlement. The report makes a number of recommendations.

Unlocking the prison estate : modernising the prison system in England and Wales (Research note no.4)

Paper addressing the question of overcrowding in the prison system in England and Wales and arguing that one way to increase capacity in the system is for the UK Government to unlock the value of the prison estate which would release funds to build modern prisons and increase the number of prison places.

HIV-related stigma & discrimination : prisoners

This factsheet highlights the low social status of prisoners and how this can mean they are marginalised and excluded from the mainstream of society. They experience stigma and discrimination behind bars and are often regarded as 'unworthy' in the general community. Prisoners face discrimination because of their status as 'prisoners' (i.e. criminal record and incarceration), because of what being in prison is associated with (drug use, same-sex activities and violence), and what it might lead to (HIV infection).

Learning and skills for the longer-serving offender

Report of a survey which visited nineteen prisons in England to evaluate the provision of learning and skills for offenders on long custodial sentences.

Learning and skills for offenders serving short custodial sentences

Report of a survey which visited nineteen prisons in England to evaluate the provision of learning and skills for offenders on short custodial sentences.

Personality disorder : a briefing for people working in the criminal justice system

Briefing paper intended as an introduction to personality disorder for those working in the criminal justice system. It dispels some of the myths and provides some factual information about this area.

All in the mind (BBC Radio 4 series)

Edition of "All in the mind" which discusses the Bradley Report on mental health problems in prisons. Guests Sean Duggan, Linda Bryant and Sharon Bowman examine different approaches to the problem such as making greater use of diversion schemes.