Prisoner holding recycling bin

Recycling Lives, a social business which enables prisoners to gain skills and qualifications to help them reduce their risk of reoffending on release, has been awarded the 2019 Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Re-integration. Recycling Lives works in 11 UK prisons and was nominated for the award for its work at HMP Wymott in Lancashire.

The organisation engages up to 250 men and women at a time in its HMP Academies programme, which employs offenders in either recycling or fabrication work. It supports each man and woman to address offending behaviours, develop skills and secure work and housing for release. Fewer than 5% of participants reoffend and more than 70% find employment on release. 

Sodexo prisons receive ‘Five-Star’ audit rating from British Safety Council

All five prisons operated by Sodexo have achieved the British Safety Council’s (BSC) integrated Five-Star Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Audit.

Sodexo has been working with the BSC for many years and in 2016 began its integrated Five Star SHE audit programme. The programme includes five best practice indicators that are continually assessed throughout the audit process going beyond the requirements of established standards by assessing safety, health and environmental management systems against current best practice techniques and current trends. 

The audit goes over and above the requirements of current health and safety management systems such as OHSAS 18001 and demonstrates Sodexo’s commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety standards.

Prison Reform Trust

Reacting to David Gauke’s speech to Reform this morning, Peter Dawson, director of the Prison Reform Trust, said:


“The justice secretary is establishing a reputation as a thoughtful, balanced policy thinker, driven by evidence not preconception. This speech rightly rejects the pointless language of tough versus soft, and calls for an informed debate about how to punish serious crime in ways that are both effective and humane. It deserves a non-partisan response, so that we can ultimately achieve a penal system of which the country can feel proud rather than ashamed.”

Cleaning Up – Keeping Your Data Safe from Prying Eyes

We’ve had our eyes fixed to ITV’s six-part drama, Cleaning Up, over the past few weeks and it’s got us thinking: how well can you really trust everyone that comes in and out of your office(s)?

The biggest risk to your company is, without a doubt, people. From your regular employees and temporary freelancers to cleaning staff, couriers and occasional visitors. And we’re not talking about something as dramatic as a cleaner getting wrapped up in insider trading and using lucrative stock market information to help pay off their gambling debts.

In fact, your business is more likely to be exposed due to simple mistakes, carelessness or casual office gossip. So how can you ensure you keep your data and information safe

Prevent the use of illicit phones in prison with the ECM702 Multi-Channel Countermeasure unit

The ECM702 is a small portable unit designed to be used to inhibit the use or contact with all types mobilephones, within a specific area. The unit can operate using its internal battery for between 3-4 hours or for longer periods thorough the use of an external 12VDC power source. Six independent transmitters covering all GSM, 3G and 4G frequencies are connected to a special antenna array in the lid and allow the user to concentrate the countermeasure signals into areas of interest.

Each transmitter is programmed via a special app running on a Windows based PC.

Custody Establishments Can Benefit From Staff & Detainee Protection Solutions

The safety and security of staff and prisoners is imperative in enclosed situations and Intastop, a leading innovator and manufacturer of protection for doors, walls and people, supports safety and security policies across the prison, custody and remand sector.

Through a range of bespoke products that have been developed with key objectives in mind security of staff and detainees can undoubtedly be enhanced.

Fingerprint drug screen test works in just 10 minutes

New research published in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology shows how fingerprint-based drug screening can screen for the presence, or absence, of four classes of drugs of abuse.

The Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Screening System enables the detection of four drug classes (amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine and opiates) from a single fingerprint sample in just ten minutes. Its use in coroner mortuaries demonstrates the value of the revolutionary system that is also being used in drug rehabilitation centres. Studies are also underway for its use in airport screening and for offender management applications within prisons and probation services.

Security doors can be accessed using smartphones

Stanley Security, one of the most trusted names in the world of security, has partnered with London-based security start-up Doordeck to launch a smartphone-based access control system. Stanley OneDoor can be used with existing Stanley access control products and rolled out to an entire building in under one hour, without the need for any new hardware.

Designed to be quick and simple to use, Stanley OneDoor removes the need for keycards and tags and all the management and associated costs that entails. Instead, users gain access via their smartphones through the app, ‘reading’ tiles using either a QR code, via the app, or an NFC chip – just like Apple Pay and Google Pay. Highly flexible, the system is secured with bank-level encryption and can also be used with traditional cards and tags where required.

National Chair welcomes Commissioner’s spit guard decision

National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales John Apter has welcomed the decision by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick to allow frontline Met officers access to spit and bite guards while policing the capital’s streets.

Government is failing a generation

The government is ‘failing a generation’ as the murder rate for young people rockets and stabbing deaths reach the highest level on record.