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Jails must stop being 'Victorian warehouses' #prison #criminology

Jails must stop being 'Victorian warehouses' #prison #criminology | Prisons and punishment | Scoop.it
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Author Glenn Thomas Langohr's comment, July 19, 2013 12:02 PM
After serving 10 years in California prisons and 4 years in solitary confinement, I just spoke about that on PBS~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6csHeGqpe20 Tap this link for my Prison Books~ http://amzn.to/1bhqCUh I shined a light on Prison Overcrowding, the Hunger Strike, the lack of Rehabilitation and then pointed to a better way. To check out "My Hardest Step" in Print, being adapted for TV go here~ http://amzn.to/1930Lif
Darcy Delaproser's comment, July 19, 2013 12:16 PM
Thank you for sharing Glen
Miriam Scurrah's curator insight, September 17, 2013 10:22 PM

We are still warehousing in Tasmania. Throughcare is a rhetoric, not a reality and rehabilitation is non existant for the majority of prisoners.

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Richard Branson champions employment of ex-offenders #prison

Richard Branson champions employment of ex-offenders #prison | Prisons and punishment | Scoop.it

Erwin James reports on Richard Branson's 'championing of unpopular causes' and his commitment to employ of more ex-offenders and former prisoners in his companies.

 

HT to @inhereandout for altering me to this.

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Author Glenn Thomas Langohr's comment, July 19, 2013 12:03 PM
After serving 10 years in California prisons and 4 years in solitary confinement, I just spoke about that on PBS~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6csHeGqpe20 Tap this link for my Prison Books~ http://amzn.to/1bhqCUh I shined a light on Prison Overcrowding, the Hunger Strike, the lack of Rehabilitation and then pointed to a better way. To check out "My Hardest Step" in Print, being adapted for TV go here~ http://amzn.to/1930Lif
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What’s More Expensive, Prison Or Princeton?

What’s More Expensive, Prison Or Princeton? | Prisons and punishment | Scoop.it

A fascinating infographic on US spending on incarceration vs higher education spending, amongst other deeply concerning pieces of data.

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Author Glenn Thomas Langohr's comment, July 19, 2013 12:03 PM
After serving 10 years in California prisons and 4 years in solitary confinement, I just spoke about that on PBS~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6csHeGqpe20 Tap this link for my Prison Books~ http://amzn.to/1bhqCUh I shined a light on Prison Overcrowding, the Hunger Strike, the lack of Rehabilitation and then pointed to a better way. To check out "My Hardest Step" in Print, being adapted for TV go here~ http://amzn.to/1930Lif
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The economic case for arts interventions in the CJS

The economic case for arts interventions in the CJS | Prisons and punishment | Scoop.it

On 25th October the Arts Alliance hosted the Anne Peaker debate on considering the case for the inclusion of arts practice in the CJS.  This Youtube channel hosts clips of interviews with people who took part in the debate.

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A Point of View - Will Self on #prisons #criminology

A Point of View - Will Self on #prisons #criminology | Prisons and punishment | Scoop.it

In this series of comments on Radio 4, Will Self talks (Friday 7th October) about why prisons fail.  An element of what makes this such a good, short opinion piece is Self's glorious use of language. It takes a historical view of the current prison crisis and considers changes in British society as well as the conditions in our criminal justice system.

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Prisoners' wages to help victims #prison #criminology

Prisoners' wages to help victims #prison #criminology | Prisons and punishment | Scoop.it

This article considers the Prisoners' Earnings Act, which proposes to give 40% of prisoners' wages to Victim Support.  The article notes the reponse of The Howard League, the Prison Reform Trust and Victim Support.

 

Comments from Frances Crook from the Howard League seem particularly important from my point of view.

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Koestler Trust - Art by Offenders #criminology #prisons #art

Koestler Trust - Art by Offenders #criminology #prisons #art | Prisons and punishment | Scoop.it

The Telegraph's opera and arts critic, Rupert Christiansen, comments about the work in this year's Koestler Trust exhibition.  The work is by both prisoners and those serving community sentences and incorporates 'art' in its very broadest sense, and is opening tomorrow at the Royal Festival Hall.

 

Despite the rhetoric of the 'rehabilitation revolution' in the CJS, much creative provision in prisons is being affected by public sector spending cuts. 

 

As is always the case with newspaper articles, the comments are often exceptionally disheartening. These are less so than the ones on the Guardian website! 

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Author Glenn Thomas Langohr's comment, July 19, 2013 12:04 PM
After serving 10 years in California prisons and 4 years in solitary confinement, I just spoke about that on PBS~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6csHeGqpe20 Tap this link for my Prison Books~ http://amzn.to/1bhqCUh I shined a light on Prison Overcrowding, the Hunger Strike, the lack of Rehabilitation and then pointed to a better way. To check out "My Hardest Step" in Print, being adapted for TV go here~ http://amzn.to/1930Lif
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There is a pressing need for credible research into the riots

There is a pressing need for credible research into the riots | Prisons and punishment | Scoop.it
Tim Newburn: The riots study can help to dampen down unhelpful speculation, give people a chance to be heard and inform future policy...
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Kenneth Clarke blames English riots on a 'broken penal system'

Kenneth Clarke blames English riots on a 'broken penal system' | Prisons and punishment | Scoop.it

Comments from Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke, on the fall out from last month's disorder.

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The capital punishment e-petition is struggling #punishment #crime #criminology

The capital punishment e-petition is struggling #punishment #crime #criminology | Prisons and punishment | Scoop.it

A round up of the numbers signing the e-petition to have the reinstatement of capital punishment debated in the House of Commons.  From the New Statesman’s Blog pages & tweeted by @thehowardleague.

 

If you click on the link to e-petitions in the article and then look at the rejected petitions, the number of them linked to 'hanging' & 'the death penalty' is quite surprising.

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Science Museum Outreach in prisons

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This scoop tells of an outreach project run by the Science Museum in two of London's prisons.  It explains the project, which involved prisoners and their families & reminds me of the work done by Storybook Dads, which tries to ensure the connections between prisoners and their children.

 

Thanks to @glittrgirl for pointing this out to me and @alicebell for the original tweet.

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Unemployed offenders face tougher work in the community

Unemployed offenders face tougher work in the community | Prisons and punishment | Scoop.it

'Plans to step up community penalties as an alternative to prison could include the possibility of hard manual labour...'

 

Hard manual labour...indeed.

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Author Glenn Thomas Langohr's comment, July 19, 2013 12:04 PM
After serving 10 years in California prisons and 4 years in solitary confinement, I just spoke about that on PBS~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6csHeGqpe20 Tap this link for my Prison Books~ http://amzn.to/1bhqCUh I shined a light on Prison Overcrowding, the Hunger Strike, the lack of Rehabilitation and then pointed to a better way. To check out "My Hardest Step" in Print, being adapted for TV go here~ http://amzn.to/1930Lif
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Prison population figures

Each week the Ministry of Justice publish the prison population figures.  The rise between last week and this is quite startling.

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Author Glenn Thomas Langohr's comment, July 19, 2013 12:04 PM
After serving 10 years in California prisons and 4 years in solitary confinement, I just spoke about that on PBS~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6csHeGqpe20 Tap this link for my Prison Books~ http://amzn.to/1bhqCUh I shined a light on Prison Overcrowding, the Hunger Strike, the lack of Rehabilitation and then pointed to a better way. To check out "My Hardest Step" in Print, being adapted for TV go here~ http://amzn.to/1930Lif
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Life in a young offenders' institution

Life in a young offenders' institution | Prisons and punishment | Scoop.it

This lengthy article is a nice mix bewteen narrative, description and links with policy and practice. It considers the nature of being in a YOI and includes a lot of quotes from the young men themselves.

 

Like most newspaper articles, it still insists on calling those housed in prisons and YOIs 'inmates'.

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Probation Success Story Shocka! #probation #rehabilitation #criminiology

Probation Success Story Shocka! #probation #rehabilitation #criminiology | Prisons and punishment | Scoop.it

Only this morning was I telling a half-packed lecture theatre that you rarely hear any good news stories about probation... I do like to be proved wrong.

 

THE Leamington-based Warwickshire Probation Trust is the top performing probation service in England and Wales at reducing reoffending, according to figures recently released.

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Should more prisoners be made to work?

This evening on BBC Radio 4's File on 4 programme there will be a discussion about the nature of paid employment in prisons.   Part of the rehabilitation revolution or something more sinister than that?

 

Certainly one to download the podcast for.

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Payment by Results #prison #criminology #reoffending

Justice Minister Crispin Blunt spoke to BBC Radio 4's PM programme about reducing reoffending and the launch of a new 'Payment by Results' pilot at Doncaster Prison.
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Troy Davis: vengeance dressed up as justice #criminology #punishment

Troy Davis: vengeance dressed up as justice #criminology #punishment | Prisons and punishment | Scoop.it

Last week saw the execution of Troy Davis for a murder he said he did not commit. Right up until his execution he maintained his innocence.  This article by Erwin Jamesconsiders the role capital punishment plays in a 'young civilisation' and considers whether executions are justice or vengance.

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Koestler Trust exhibition: Art by Offenders

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This piece in The Guardian online illustrates the points raised in the Telegraph article.

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Moral Maze, What are prisons for? #criminology #prisons

Moral Maze, What are prisons for? #criminology #prisons | Prisons and punishment | Scoop.it

Ah, the Moral Maze. Guarenteed to upset & infuriate you no matter at what end of the political spectrum you sit.

 

This podcast is the edition from Wedsnesday 7th September, and considers, after the summer's disorder, what prisons are for.

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Punish the feral rioters, but address our social deficit too

Punish the feral rioters, but address our social deficit too | Prisons and punishment | Scoop.it
Ken Clarke: Three-quarters of the adults charged already had a conviction, which is why urgent reforms are needed...
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UK riots: Courts could be asked to dock benefits

UK riots: Courts could be asked to dock benefits | Prisons and punishment | Scoop.it

With a headline that draws the reader in to the debate on docking benefits from those involved in last month's disorder, this article is about much more than that.  It's considers the role of work, benefits and parenting orders in the grand scheme of fixing 'Broken Britain' (I loathe that phrase).  Not only this, but it tells of the role of Louise Casey, the former 'Respect Tsar'...

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'Maturity' is key when sentencing young people

'Maturity' is key when sentencing young people | Prisons and punishment | Scoop.it

Interesting article on the nature of sentencing young people and suggestion of possible inclusion of 'lack of maturity' as a mitigating factor by the Sentencing Guidlines Council.

 

HT @lawsocgazzette & @outoftrouble.

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Making community sanctions work - Letters

Making community sanctions work - Letters | Prisons and punishment | Scoop.it

Letters: If offenders are to move into real employment once their payback in completed, there must be a focus on skills and training...

 

The response to the article about unpaid work or community payback, including the PRT and Criminal Justice Alliance.

 

 

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Manchester's original gangsters

Manchester's original gangsters | Prisons and punishment | Scoop.it

A fascinating article about youth crime and gangs in the 19th century. It talks of the use of lengthy sentences in order to deter other young people from taking part in gang activity and the gradual up-tariffing of crimes associated with young people. The article also makes comments about the comments of letter writers to the Manchester Guardian, which gloriously echo the trolls you can find on the Guardian online comments pages.

This also mentions the role of the police court missionaries, which is always good to help teaching about the history of the probation service.

 

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