"Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy’s report about racial bias in the criminal justice system has just hit the newsstands – and yes, it’s both shocking and true that black men are imprisoned more disproportionately in the UK than is even the case in the US.
Sadly this comes as no surprise to me. For the past few months, I have spent much of my time inside prisons, working directly with inmates and hearing their stories. I am privileged to share in their hopes and dreams, fears and loves, their trials and tribulations - quite literally. I have been able to access spaces – both architectural and emotional – that most of us just don’t see. Black and ethnic minority prisoners are vastly over-represented behind bars, but that’s only one aspect of what has become known as the UK’s prison crisis."Government under fire as prison suicides soar following cuts
"Ministers have been accused of failing to address soaring suicide levels in prison as new figures reveal an “alarming” reduction in funding for investigating self-inflicted deaths among inmates.
New analysis reveals the average amount spent on probes into suicides behind bars last year has more than halved since 2012/13 amid record rates of suicide and self harm.
The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) spent around £12,900 per investigation in 2015/16 compared to £27,000 in 2012/13, prompting concern the independent body lacked the resources to cope with its burgeoning caseload."I was jailed as a child. I know it's possible to reintegrate into society with support
"The United States has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that sentences children to life without the possibility of parole. As someone who spent over a decade in prison for my involvement in a gang-related murder when I was 13 years old, but now carries deep remorse, works as a youth sentencing reform advocate, and lives a productive life as a free adult, this issue is something I think about and work on every day.."Five ways Signs of Safety made our children’s social work better
"Four years ago West Sussex County Council went ahead with a full implementation of the Signs of Safety approach to children’s social work. Here Louise Fox, the group manager for contact, assessment and intervention, reflects on five ways in which the model transformed social work in West Sussex for the better."