Gym prison

Where is the logic in restricting prisoners’ access to exercise?

The Mail reports today that the government is to “end the cushy life in prison” for British inmates, who will apparently be denied access to television and the gym. “Instead offenders will start their life behind bars adhering to a spartan regime, wearing prison uniform and having to earn any perks,” the Mail adds.

Prison

Taking apart the flimsy case for private prisons

The right-wing Think Tank Reform published a report yesterday claiming that private firms are better at running prisons. There are fundamental problems with Reform’s analysis, however.

A sign of failure: More prisoners does not equal success

Four media myths about the justice green paper

Sophie Willett, of The Howard League for Penal Reform, rebuts some of the right wing tabloids’ myths about the Ministry of Justice green paper, ‘Breaking the cycle: effective punishment, rehabilitation and sentencing of offenders’.