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Thursday, 17 August 2017


17 AUGUST 2017

The 'crisis' in UK's prison system that lead toat a Hertfordshire prison won't be resolved by reforms put forward by the Justice Secretary, say campaigners.
Two days of rioting broke out at HMP The Mount on July 31 and August 1 after inmates were reportedly kept on lockdown in their cells for three consecutive weekends.

Prisons expert Alex Cavendish said 'reliable sources' informed him the situation was 'about to blow' as overworked, inexperienced and greatly outnumbered guards grew increasingly stressed.
In an Evening Standard column on Monday (August 14), Justice Secretary David Lidington revealed he aims to hire 2,500 prison officers over the next 18 months.

"The Mount kicked off because there weren't enough prison guards, staff don't want to work there anymore," said Ms Morrison.

"Two years ago The Mount was considered a good prison. Now there is no actual rehabilitation, we work with families of prisoners there who say they're locked in their cell for 23 hours in a day at times.
"That's torture, that's beyond punishment. There isn't enough staff to supervise all the prisoners outside their cells.

There were riots over two days at HMP The Mount
  "Good luck getting 2,500 prison officers. The number is one thing but they all need to be good at this job. These reforms are just a sticking plaster."
A serving IPP prisoner (inmates with no release date), known simply as 'serving ipp' on Twitter, was given a minimum sentence of two years for aggravated burglary but 12 years later he is still waiting for a release date.
He has been moved around 20 prisons over his sentence but said he is in regular contact with friends in The Mount.
Prisoners were kept behind cell doors for 23 hours at a time, according to campaigners"Over the time I've been away, the prison system as a whole has deteriorated drastically since all the cuts and all the decent 'old school' staff have picked up and left, leaving behind underpaid, under-qualified, under-trained prison staff," he told the Mercury.

"There is no help, support or rehabilitation on offer whatsoever. The conditions are squalid and horrible. Three showers or less on a wing with 100 prisoners, for example.

 Ministry of Justice confirm second day of riots at HMP The Mount

"The ventilation is poor and the majority or the prisons are falling apart and not fit for purpose.
"The food is poor and inadequate, this is beyond me as side effects of hunger are depression and aggression. Just feeding prisoners adequately would surely reduce many problems.heese served in prison with what looks like mould
"The Justice Secretary's proposals are what prisons should be offering as standard, and it's the same s**t they have been promising for years."
He lifted the lid on the Tornado squad sent in to quell the riots at The Mount, claiming a friend of his 'got battered, had his head busted open and put on the bus in his boxers and handcuffed'.
He added even prisoners not involved in the riots 'would have been battered with sticks, hit with shields and thrown down stairs'.

Statistics seem to support repeated claims made to the Mercury concerning staff shortages in The Mount, and certainly the region as a whole.

Food served in prison
The number of prison staff leaving jobs in East of England prisons has increased by more than a tenth since 2010.

A total of 317 staff left in the year to March 2017, up from 286 in March 2010
From this total, 170 resigned, 22 were dismissed for medical inefficiency and 63 retired.

Across prisons in England and Wales, there were 4,036 leavers in the past year, an increase of 381 (10.4 per cent) compared to the previous year.
This includes 3,105 leavers from Prison Service Establishment, 699 from the National Probation Service, and 232 from National Offender Management Service HQ and area services.

Prisoners unhappy with 'inadequate' food

Mr Lidington's new recruits will form a part of the key-worker scheme, which would train officers to work closely with six offenders to form a closer relationship.
He will also introduce more CCTV, crack down on usage of mobile phones, and improve education and training in prisons.

However, Cody Lachey, who served time at Strangeways Prison in Manchester and now campaigns for changes in the prison system, dismissed Mr Lidington's reforms as a 'PR exercise'.
"These reforms aren't practical, they can't retain staff and officers are overwhelmed and have low morale, at times working in a wing of 100 inmates with just three guards," he said.
"They wouldn't need 2,500 guards if they didn't have so many prisoners. There are too many, and IPP prisoners are in for too long.

"David Lidington should be talking to the people he wants to reform – the prisoners. I am desperate to work with the Ministry of Justice, they need to start working with prison reform campaigners."

An exercise book dating back to 1985, according to serving ipp
He painted a bleak picture of life on the inside, describing bad food and mental health issues exacerbated by being locked up without any education or training for reintegration in society.
Nearly half of the offenders sent to prison break the law again once they're out – costing the taxpayer between £9.5 and £13 billion annually.
Mr Lachey said he was given £46 on his release with a £5 bus fare, which would have been no help for him were it not for his mum who offered to house him.

Prisoners live in 'squalid conditions', according to serving Ipp
"You make friends with people in crime gangs in prison and, if you get out and don't have a family to support you, you turn to contacts you made on the inside," he said
"Prisoners are kept like caged animals. We need to break this cycle of crime and a way of doing that is to reduce violence in prison."

The Ministry of Justice has been approached for comment.

katherine Gleeson 
Come on  David Lidington do somthing  for once and for all.What the hell is goverment  doing ? If you cant do your job get out.


Mary My Son is sucidal, he,s my only Son. Im getting old, if he goes im going with him.
Rumble For god sake when will the government prioritise these cases, its a bloody disgrace
Stocker Why oh why do we keep hearing we need more warden's, because of over crowding. Get rid of IPP prisoners that would solve a big problem. Also there's all this talk about keeping relationships going maybe somebody could tell me why my Grandson has been put 360miles approx.round trip. I can't afford the cost, and I don't get around well, at my age. When I wrote to the Prison, lovely reply, but to my grandson why did we want him moved? The thing is he is nearer the area he has to keep away from. He is supposed to go on a course, a prisoner who was in there after him, got the place. Pure bloody mindness.

Piercy Yes hun it's become so draining why do they not understand this ipp sentence is the issue and once they release them they will not have the over crowding and self harming and so on they know full fact that this is a big issue that they need to tackle now like it's become a joke that they still get away of keeping own ipp inside like animals am really sick of it all... Sorry just really have no more patient for it anymore xx
Carolan Disgusting abuse  
Piercy Yea exactly am sorry I have no trust ... 
Cooke I can't get the internet where I am otherwise I'd catch up with it on I player.
Owen  We need a drastic change in the prison environment for the better.  Mr Lidington you know what needs to be done, so do it!
Abbott The system is broken completely it's going from bad to worse to non existent and I'm fed up readingthey've done sweet f all.  


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