Rob Allen asks, "Why is the prison population increasing? Latest projections show numbers in custody are likely to increase by 1600 – at least one new prison’s worth – by 2022. "
"Britain’s biggest police force received a phone call relating to mental health every five minutes last year, an escalating level of demand caused by NHS services struggling to cope.
The number of calls handled by the Metropolitan police in which someone was concerned about a person’s mental health hit a record 115,000 in the last year: on average 315 a day, or about 13 an hour."
"A senior social worker has been struck off after editing a job reference that included details of ‘gross misconduct’ he had committed to make it more positive.
His dishonesty was uncovered at a trial over the incident and resulted in him being sentenced to nine months in prison and charged £100."
"Sam Settle has given us a different kind of resource about mindfulness, which makes it a very practical guide for prisoners and those who work with them – but also meditators and mindfulness teachers in any setting. The author writes with honesty and directness, encouraging readers to think of him as a friend and life coach. Settle, a former Buddhist monk, writes out of his own experience with a warm humanity that connects with our humanity, encouraging us to grow according to our own personality, experiences and convictions."