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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The only thing that prisons succeed in is warehousing people in appalling conditions and exposing them to hatred and thoughts of vengeance.

354 deaths in prison, up 38%
119 self-inflicted deaths up 32%
37,784 incidents of self harm, up 23%
18,510 recorded prisoner on prisoner assaults, up 28%
6,430 assaults on staff, up 40% .
Gone up since  2017

Land of confusion

Prisons are failing.
Prisons will always fail and have always failed. The only thing that prisons succeed in is warehousing people in appalling conditions and exposing them to hatred and thoughts of vengeance. Also, it educates them to many other methods of criminal activity.
 Prisoners turn to each other for survival in a bad system.
They pretend to comply with courses and regimes, what there are of them but, in reality, all they are learning about is crime, from other prisoners.
Criminals in prison always exaggerate their criminal abilities, they form allegiances with other criminals and plan future crime. All prisoners are ‘damaged goods’, all have personal problems, so how can prisons do anything to change the life of a criminal? Even supposing that they had any inkling or resources to do it in the first place?
“The only thing that prisons succeed in is warehousing people in appalling conditions and exposing them to hatred and thoughts of vengeance”
The media regularly interview so-called experts, prison governors, Ministers, ex-prisoners and POA members, which makes the public confused as half of them are telling the public that prisons are like 4-star hotels, and the other half tell them that they are hellholes flooded with Spice and violence. First these experts tell the media/public that prisoners have taken over the jails, and in the next breath talk about prisoners being 23-hour-per-day lockdown. The confusion around our prison system is shocking and getting worse daily.
Break it down; look at the facts –
 there are 125 prisons in England & Wales, 86,000 prisoners, 25,000 staff. It costs billions of pounds to incarcerate people and the justice system is so complex that money is washed down the metaphorical pan. Most governors and assistant governors are inexperienced in working with damaged goods.
We need a clean slate and someone put in charge who knows how to do the right thing.
Richard B – HMP Frankland inside times
Your complaints are important to us 
I am writing on behalf of 2 prisoners who both put in complaints to be looked at by the IMB. One put his complaint in the IMB box in January 2016, and the other was in March . They received no acknowledgement from the IMB and, eventually, their cases were resolved by the PPO. Then, on the 6th of February 2017, the 2 men received a letter from the IMB, which stated:
‘It has recently been brought to my attention that the IMB box on Houseblock 3 has not been emptied for some weeks (!) and we have not been able to address your concerns. The emptying of IMB boxes is not one of our responsibilities, however, on behalf of IMB Moorland I would like to apologise for the stress this may have caused.’
My question would be – WHO is responsible for emptying the IMB boxes? And, do you think it is right that 13 months between emptying IMB boxes is a bit negligent?
I would like an explanation please – either from NOMS or the IMB themselves. This is a disgrace, and I would like to know how the IMB at Moorland would think it was normal to not receive a written application or complaint in over a year?

This will dramatically improve prisoner/staff relationships that can aid a prisoner’s rehabilitation.

I’m not a number
Here at Littlehey, the majority of staff address prisoners by their surnames. In my view this is quite disrespectful. It also goes against NOMS own stated policies on mutual respect and discourages good order and discipline.
I spoke with wing staff and even wrote informing them how I would like to be addressed and reminding them of the use of the prefix ‘Mr’ or ‘Peter’ followed by the surname. Staff ignored my request, so I escalated the issue via a COMP1 & 1A, and the complaint was upheld with the added suggestion of speaking with staff direct, which I have done, to no avail. I even used the Confidential Access procedure, and the governor stated – ‘This is a matter that senior management are taking forward under both decency and rehabilitative culture agenda’.
The recommendation to speak to staff directly is a dangerous thing to do, as I have no doubt that when staff are reminded of the correct etiquette, they will interpret this as ‘confrontational’, and could result in a string of negative entries/behavioural warnings.
I would like to remind prison staff, through your pages, that they act as pro-social role models to prisoners, and it is important that the correct method of address is used accordingly. This will dramatically improve prisoner/staff relationships that can aid a prisoner’s rehabilitation.
I honestly think that if prisoners started addressing prison staff by their surnames only, staff would interpret that as a lack of respect. So, where’s our respect?
No more NOMS          
The new service to replace the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) will be Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS)
The effective abolition of NOMS, (christened Nightmare on Marsham Street in its early days due to the confusion it created) – follows the Prison Safety and Reform White Paper published last November. From 1st April 2017 Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) will have full responsibility for the operational management of people in custody and the community, including strengthening security in prisons, tackling extremism and building intelligence about criminal gangs. The paper outlined an overhaul of the prisons estate with the forthcoming Prison and Courts Bill due to make rehabilitation for people in prison a key duty of prisons for the first time ever. There will be new leadership and promotion programmes for prison and probation officers to “further professionalise and build pride” in the service and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) will be taking on responsibility for overall future policy direction, setting standards, scrutinising prison performance and commissioning services.
  • New service will be responsible for rolling out government’s reform programme
  • New leadership programme and new promotion opportunities for staff
  • New role of Director with specific responsibility for women across the whole system
“Creating HMPPS will bring clarity to managing our prisons and probation services while further professionalising staff and building pride in their work,” said Justice Secretary Liz Truss. “Our prison and probation officers do a vital job and they deserve to work in a world-class organisation which supports them in reforming offenders and keeping the public safe,” she added. CEO of the new service Michael Spurr was cautiously optimistic about his new role. “There is a great deal to do,” he said, “but I am confident that with the additional resources the government are providing, we can transform the system and deliver the high quality of service the public.


Im out on lpp licence, lve been recalled twice since my first release once for 6 months once for a year, on both occasions l proved l done nothing to warrant the recall and had the parole board say sorry! Yet l cant do a thing about lt, lts making me really bitter! ls that protecting the public making people bitter????? lde love to talk to the BBC .
No chance of succeeding, the POA’s primary role is to create recidivists, more prisons, more screws, more power. Until this vile organization is outlawed, classed a threat to the public and national security, prisons will remain Hate Factories, churning out dehumanized recidivists to keep POA members employed. No screw wants to see rehabilitation succeed and prisons close. There will never be pride in working in HM Hate Factories/Human Warehouses, prisons are staffed with no-hopers, the dross end of the dole queue. Until penal policy is independent of self-serving, demagogic, parasitic politicians, and any organization with vested interests in recidivism, prisons will continue to fail the public, and serve the parasite that feeds off the less fortunate in society.
 Tom Barnet    
This guy is spot on, the POA are an organisation whose methodology is nowadays sophisticated but remains collusive and subversive with the sole purpose of undermining any government or management initiative which will reduce the requirement for so many people to be incarcerated. they are a scurge on our society.

 louise Fewster

Original Message-----
From: Louise Fewster <>
To: '' <>
Sent: Mon, 3 Apr 2017 17:30
Subject: IPP Case study enquiry

Hi, Katherine
I’m working on a story to find out how many IPPs are in England jails.
I am wondering if you know of any families who has someone in Full Sutton jail near York who is on an IPP and would be willing to talk to me about it?
The interview would be pre-recorded and can be anonymous.
Kind regards,
BBC York


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