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building site - a new procurement agreement has been made

Prisons, courts and police stations have been given the opportunity to engage more collaboratively with the construction sector thanks to a major new procurement agreement which will help shape public sector construction.

All public sector bodies can use Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Construction Works and Associated Services agreement to find companies to help build things like new schools, hospitals, office buildings, universities, prisons, and houses. It has a maximum potential value of £30bn over the next seven years. 

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Members of the Beyond Recovery Team at HMP Nottingham

After more than four years delivering its insight-based programme to men in prison, Beyond Recovery started working with HMP Nottingham in March 2019. The team was asked to assist in the development of the prison's Incentivised Substance Free Living (ISFL) wing, by providing support to the men living there. David Kowitz, philanthropist, generously provided funding for Beyond Recovery to deliver their programme in Nottingham prison.

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Custodial Facilities Forum - logo

Held from 14-15 November at Whittlebury Park, Northampton, the Custodial Facilities Forum is a must-attend event for all those involved in the design and build, management and supply of delivering secure facilities, including prisons, detention centres, constabularies, courts, customs and immigration centres.

In the light of Boris Johnson’s recent government pledges to provide an additional £100M to boost security in our prisons and also promises to create 10,000 more prison places in our overly cramped ageing institutions, there are more opportunities to engage in this sector.

This is the only event of its kind for this sector and provides an invaluable opportunity to break down barriers, gain access to decision-makers and enable real business to be done between built environment professionals and suppliers.

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High Security & Safety Group

High Security & Safety Group Develops Solutions for Challenging Custodial Market

Custodial security expert High Security & Safety Group is developing new solutions to meet the changing custodial market needs. 

The latest figures, released by the Ministry of Justice, highlight the ongoing issue of staff and prisoner safety in custody. All figures, including assaults, self-harm and deaths, have increased on the previous year. At a time when the Government is trying to introduce its prison reform scheme – Prison Estates Transformation Programme (PETP) – it demonstrates the challenges this sector faces and the careful balance needed between safety, security and prisoner well-being.  

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 The Prime Minister’s announcements on prisons

Following the Prime Minister’s announcements about prisons in mid-August, the Prison Reform Trust wrote three letters seeking clarification:

To their collective credit, they have replied only three weeks later, and with some detail. Their replies can be found at these links:

Inevitably, only some of our questions have been answered, and it pays to look closely.

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HM Inspectorate Of Prisons Independent Review Of HMP Bedform

Commenting on the findings of HM Inspectorate of Prisons’ Independent Review of Progress report on HMP Bedford published today (12 September 2019), Peter Dawson, director of the Prison Reform Trust said:

“It is no surprise that the prisons which most consistently fail to deliver decent, safe conditions are overcrowded, very often with prisoners on remand or serving pointless short sentences. Bedford, a 200 year old pre-Victorian prison, is just one of many examples. If it is serious about ending this scandal, the government must start by quitting its addiction to imprisonment.”

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Gethin Jones, chair of the Reducing Reoffending and Changing Public Perception Conference

A conference on Reducing Reoffending and Changing Public Perception is to be chaired by Gethin Jones, a former prisoner who now works as an inspirational speaker and prisons advisor.

Gethin, who founded Unlocking Potential upon his release, heads a line-up of speakers who will discuss the latest best practice designed to reduce reoffending rates amongst adult and juvenile offenders.

This one-day conference – which takes place on October 2nd at St Alban's Centre, London – will bring together leading authorities from the Probation Service, Police, Courts, Prisons, Local Authorities, service commissioners, healthcare organisations, housing, voluntary & private organisations working with offenders.

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UK police call for more investment in crime-fighting technology

Nearly half of police officers (42%) have called for investment in new technology to help fight modern day crime, according to a new report.

Research by YouGov, launched by SSCL, found that when asked which technology- based tools should be prioritised as an investment to help target modern day crime, officers called for increased investment to fight cyber/ online crime (56%) as the greatest need, while investments in mobile/ self-service devices (51%) and big data processing (35%) were also essential.

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Darrell Stelling on The Future of Custodial Facilities

Recent studies from the National Association of Counties indicated that approximately 64 percent of jail inmates have mental health issues. Unfortunately, the design of existing jail facilities do not adequately house, let alone treat, those with mental illness. As a result, more counties
and states are beginning to re-assess, redefine and rebuild detention facilities using a new design model that emphasizes next-generation jails.

Re-Defining Design Priorities

Jail facilities of the past were designed to incarcerate, and the medical and mental health programs had to fit within this environment. The latest trend reverses that perspective so that we first design the facilities specifically for medical and mental health patients, and the incarceration requirement becomes just a unique element of that model instead of the other way around.

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HM Inspectorate Of Prisons Report On HMP Forest Bank

Commenting on the findings of the HM Inspectorate of Prisons report on HMP Forest BankPeter Dawson, director of the Prison Reform Trust said:

 

“This report sums up the futility of the Prime Minister’s idea that you can build your way out of the prisons crisis. Forest Bank is a modern prison with a solid history of good local management. But 60% of the prisoners it holds are in overcrowded cells with half of them locked up during the working day. Unsurprisingly, violence and self-harm are common. It’s a similar story in other new prisons built over the last two decades, as the political addiction to imprisonment continually outstrips the willingness to provide the number of cells it requires.”