The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced a array of measures to moment down on crime and assault in English and Welsh prisons, including a wider roll-out of in-cell telephones.
Justice Secretary David Gauke suggested a new intrigue and other initiatives as he announced a £30 million prisons alleviation package.
At present, prisoners have to reserve to use open phones on jail landings, that a UK government believes “can be a trigger for assault or fuel direct for unlawful mobile phones”.
A sum of £7 million will be allocated for a introduction of in-cell telephones, that are already in place in 20 prisons.
Meanwhile, £16 million will be spent on bringing prisons adult to excusable standards, £7 million will be invested in new confidence measures (including airport-style confidence scanners and phone-blocking technology), and £1 million on a new digital apparatus that will collect information from several agencies to furnish a ‘risk rating’ for any prisoner.
Mr Gauke said: “Once in prison, offenders merit to live in decent, protected and secure environments. In too many tools of a jail estate currently cells are unwashed with bark paint and unprotected wiring, showering and toilet comforts are dirty or broken, and food portion and eating areas do not accommodate complicated food hygiene standards.
“Decency also extends to how we provide prisoners – sincerely and consistently, with time out of their cells, activities, and a event to say family relationships.
“As Lord Farmer done transparent in his ground-breaking examination final year, understanding relations are vicious to achieving rehabilitation.”
Mr Gauke also summarized skeleton for an extended “incentives and warranted privileges” intrigue that will broach some-more liberty to governors.
For instance, a jail with glorious gym comforts could give additional entrance to prisoners if they rivet in preparation and practice programmes, or devaluate this if prisoners do not act well.
10 Jul 2018