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  Reading (HM Prison) Information
HM Prison Reading was built in 1844 as the Berkshire County gaol in the heart of Reading, Berkshire on the site of the former county prison, alongside the site of Reading Abbey and beside the River Kennet.
Designed by Giles Gilbert Scott it was based on London's New Model Prison at Pentonville with a cruciform shape and is a good example of early Victorian prison architecture.
From 1916 it was used to hold Irish prisoners involved in the Easter Rising.
www.bookrags.com /wiki/Reading_(HM_Prison)   (386 words)

 CPT Report: United Kingdom: Visit 15/05/1994 - 31/05/1994
Prisoners held in A and B wings were still obliged to comply with the needs of nature in buckets in their cells.
Prisoners were visited by a senior prison officer, a probation officer and legal aid and bail unit staff in an effort to ensure that they were provided with the necessary information about the establishment and their legal position.
Prisoners who had booked visits, but whose visitors had not appeared at the appointed time, were nonetheless brought to the visiting room and left to sit alone at a table for the duration of the visiting period.
www.cpt.coe.int /documents/gbr/1996-11-inf-eng.htm   (18472 words)

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The argument for privatization stresses cost reduction, whereas the arguments against it focus on standards of care, and the question of whether a market economy for prisons might not also lead to a market demand for prisoners (that is, a strong lobby for ever-tougher sentencing to satisfy the need for cheap labor).
Prisons may outsource medical care to private companies such as Correctional Medical Services, which, according to Hylton's research, try to minimize the amount of care given to prisoners in order to maximize profits.
Prisons may specialize exclusively in male or in female prisoners, or have separate departments for each sex.
www.informationclub.com /encyclopedia/p/pr/prison.html   (470 words)

 DigiLondon - The London visitor resource
HM Prison Pentonville is a prison built in 1842 in North London.
It had separate cells for 860 prisoners, and proved satisfactory (to the authorities at least) thus commencing a programme of prison building to deal with the rapid increase in prisoner numbers occasioned by the ending of capital punishment for many crimes and a steady reduction in the use of transportation.
HM Prison Wandsworth is a prison in Wandsworth in south London, England.
digilondon.com /category/prisons   (483 words)

 HM Prison Pentridge Information
HM Prison Pentridge was an Australian prison built in 1850 and located in Coburg, Victoria.
HM Prison Pentridge (a former name of Coburg) was built to receive, in December 1850, sixteen prisoners from the overcrowded Melbourne Gaol.
By 1945, prisoners were allowed one visit per month and to receive and send one letter a fortnight.
www.bookrags.com /wiki/HM_Prison_Pentridge   (1325 words)

 HM Prison Service - Locate a Prison - Pentonville
Pentonville prison was the prototype for a radical design by Major Jebb - after whom the avenue on which Brixton prison stands was named.
Pentonville was completed 150 years ago and has remained in use ever since as a local prison.
Reception criteria: Normal reception arrangements: Pentonville is a local prison, it accepts all suitable male prisoners over the age of 21 from courts in its catchment area.
www.hmprisonservice.gov.uk /prisoninformation/locateaprison/prison.asp?id=632,15,2,15,632,0   (180 words)

 Inspector damns regime at key prison | Society | SocietyGuardian.co.uk
Prison overcrowding and staff shortages have left north London's Pentonville prison with one of the "most impoverished regimes" in Britain's jails, the chief inspector of prisons, Anne Owers, reveals today.
A week of "concerted indiscipline" before the prison inspectors' arrival had led to a temporary shutdown of the regime at Pentonville but Ms Owers says the problems were caused by underlying factors, including a four-day week for staff and overcrowding.
The sheer weight of prisoner traffic in and out of Pentonville meant that inmates at risk or vulnerable were not being properly identified and that proper risk assessments were not being carried out before cells were allocated.
society.guardian.co.uk /crimeandpunishment/story/0,8150,959620,00.html   (534 words)

 South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust : Ministers commend prison inreach team
Partnership arrangements between HM Prison Wandsworth, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust and Wandsworth Primary Care Trust have been in place since 2002 to provide a community mental health team-equivalent service within the prison, and to put in place health care plan arrangements in the community for prisoners to be released.
Prisoners are three times more likely to have a mental health problem than the UK average, and 20 times more likely to have a severe mental health problem.
As the April deadline for the transfer of responsibility for prison health care to the NHS approaches, London’s prisons are facing up to the significant challenges of offering the right support to prisoners with mental health problems, according to a report published today by the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health (SCMH).
www.swlstg-tr.nhs.uk /news/minister_commend.asp   (1191 words)

 Kids.Net.Au - Encyclopedia > Jail
A prison or penitentiary or jail (in British English, sometimes spelt gaol) is a building or system used to hold persons convicted of crimes.
Their lobbying arm is ALEC which advocates legislation favorable to the industry.
The practice of undergoing punishment via a prison sentence, is colloquially expressed as: "doin' time".
www.kids.net.au /encyclopedia-wiki/ja/Jail?title=Holloway_Prison   (137 words)

 Carpet Cleaning in Pentonville N1 London Commercial Carpet Cleaning
Pentonville is an area of London in the borough of Islington, around the Pentonville Road.
It is not the location of HM Prison Pentonville, (affectionately known by criminals as "The Ville"), which is located in the Caledonian Road, London N7, quite a distance north in Barnsbury.
Pentonville was part of the ancient parish of Clerkenwell, and was incorporated into the Metropolitan Borough of Finsbury by the London Government Act 1899.
www.carpet-clean-london.co.uk /carpet-cleaning-pentonville-n1.london   (193 words)

 Guardian | Pentonville prison partnership
The Guardian has formed a coaching partnership with Pentonville Prison to help improve the running of the institution and help develop the range of services to inmates.
Pentonville, which is based near Kings Cross, is Europe's busiest prison with 1,205 inmates and around 600 members of staff.
Phil Wheatley, Director General, HM Prison Service commenting on the initiative says "although differing in many obvious aspects from the private sector, the challenge of running a prison has much in common with the management of a large company.
www.guardian.co.uk /print/0,3858,4933160-112843,00.html   (305 words)

 14 prison officers suspended over corruption claims | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
The allegations against the suspended prison officers at Pentonville prison in north London are to be investigated in an internal inquiry led by governors from other London prisons.
The decision by Pentonville's governor to suspend the 14 officers immediately triggered an overcrowding crisis at the prison, where 1,125 inmates are packed into a jail with an official "operational capacity" of 1,127.
The Prison Service said Pentonville would briefly reduce its operational capacity by 116 places to 1,011 in the next two days to ensure that the regime at the prison was unaffected by the change in staffing numbers.
www.guardian.co.uk /prisons/story/0,,1844692,00.html   (683 words)

 Inside those walls | Special Reports | Guardian Unlimited Politics
I posited that they weren't managing their anger very well, and one of them explained: a group of them had been on kitchen duty; they'd been kicked off it when one of them was found cooking crack in the microwave.
Prisoners were frequently put on rehab programmes: these are nominally for people who arrive in prison having had an addiction outside, but the physiology and logistics of drug use trip this up - you don't get six months into a sentence still struggling with a heroin addiction you had outside.
Lots of the prisoners walk around with their hands down their trousers; it is the strangest thing.
politics.guardian.co.uk /homeaffairs/comment/0,,1851035,00.html   (543 words)

The Prisoners' Families Helpline is a vital way of ensuring that all families in England and Wales can get essential information and support to help them through their crisis'.
Ronnie O'Sullivan, Phil Wheatley, Director General of HM Prison Service and family members will be speaking at the launch in support of this crucial project.
The Prisoners' Families Helpline is coordinated by Action for Prisoners' Families and the service provided by five prisoners' families support groups acting as call centres; HARP in Cambridge, NEPACS in Durham, POPS in Manchester, PACT in London and PFFS in London.
www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk /helplinepr.html?printable=Y   (664 words)

 BBC NEWS | UK | Prison damned as 'vermin-ridden'
I think what we did find was that the new management team had inherited a prison with virtually no systems for making sure that prisoners got the basics they needed, and for managing and monitoring the behaviour of some staff.
Pentonville was said to be "overrun with cockroaches and vermin" caused by leftover meals and open flour sacks in the kitchen.
Juliet Lyon, of the Prison Reform Trust, called on the home secretary to consider closing Pentonville as it was "not fit for purpose".
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/uk/5387464.stm   (780 words)

 prisons.org.uk - HOME PAGE
His prison career was characterised by assaults, riots and roof-top protests, resulting in long periods of solitary confinement.
Until 2002, Mark was the Chief Executive of the National Ex-Offenders Charity UNLOCK, a journey which has taken him from the strip cells and punishment blocks of prisons to the point where he met regularly with the Home Secretary and Director General of HM Prison Service to discuss policy.
Mark has recently addressed the International Conference on HIV and AIDS in Prisons held in Bonn; written and presented for BBC Radio 4 a one-hour programme on the History of Young Offenders; and he is currently commissioned as a Prisons Consultant for a major forthcoming drama series for BBC1 set inside a British prison.
www.prisons.org.uk /biog.html   (794 words)

 Hundred prison warders suspended
And at Holloway, the women's prison in north London, a member of staff has been suspended for alleged indecent behaviour in front of prisoners.
On the Isle of Wight, at Parkhurst, a prison officer is facing allegations of unlawful sexual intercourse and at The Weare, Dorset, officers face accusations of rape and expenses fraud.
A Prison Office spokesman said that the number of suspensions reflected the fact that the management was committed to investigating corruption and poor behaviour in jails.
www.telegraph.co.uk /htmlContent.jhtml?html=/archive/1999/07/11/npris11.html   (533 words)

 Prison suicide scrutiny widened | Society | SocietyGuardian.co.uk
Prisoner D, who cannot be named, attempted to kill himself at Pentonville prison, north London, in December 2001.
D was remanded in custody on charges of attempted armed robbery and taken to Pentonville on November 30 2001.
He arrived at the prison from hospital after he harmed himself at the court, with a form stating he was a suicide risk.
society.guardian.co.uk /crimeandpunishment/story/0,,1472966,00.html   (617 words)

 UK Criminal Justice Weblog
Overcrowding is to blame for "substantial deficits" at Pentonville jail which include prisoners having showers just once a week, the chief inspector of prisons has said.
Anne Owers said the north London prison's daily regime - including time prisoners spend out of cells and access to education - was "one of the most impoverished we have come across".
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales
radio.weblogs.com /0120189/categories/prisons/2003/05/20.html   (205 words)

 Prison   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
A prison or penitentiary or jail (in British English, sometimes spelt gaol) is a building or system used to hold persons convicted of crimes.
Their lobbying arm is ALEC which advocates legislation favorable to the industry.
The practice of undergoing punishment via a prison sentence, is colloquially expressed as: "doin' time".
www.websign.sk /pr/Prison.html   (141 words)

 House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 19 Feb 2007 (pt 0024)
Prisoners can also be held in “lockouts” under an informal agreement with police forces.
From 22 December 2006 to 22 January 2007, during which Operation Safeguard was deactivated, the number of prisoners accommodated in police cells overnight varied on a daily basis and was dependent on court activity and the management of regional prison population pressures.
A small number of prisoners were housed overnight in court cells.
www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk /pa/cm200607/cmhansrd/cm070216/text/70219w0024.htm   (1049 words)

 Madness of dustbin jails - by Lord Chief Justice | UK News | The Observer
England's most senior judge has launched an unprecedented attack on the country's creaking prison system, which he says is now so overcrowded that it is 'difficult or impossible' to rehabilitate prisoners.
Gough suggested that, based on current trends, the prison population could rise to as much as 90,000 by the end of next year.
The government is looking to convert an army barracks and possibly a mental hospital into new open prisons to increase the size of the prison estate.
observer.guardian.co.uk /uk_news/story/0,,1890523,00.html   (936 words)

 The Koestler Trust   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
He was arrested by the fascists, condemned to death under a charge of espionage and spent 3 months in prisons at Malaga and Seville, a chilling experience that he wrote about in Dialogue with Death.
After a complicated escape, he arrived in England in 1940, only to be confined to Pentonville for six weeks as an enemy alien for having entered the country without a formal permit.
The Prison Commission and the Home Secretary of the time, the late Rab Butler, enthusiastically endorsed his scheme of awards for works of art and literature created in prison.
www.koestlertrust.org.uk /pages/homeAK.html   (489 words)

 HMP Pentonville - Criminal Information Agency.com
HMP Pentonville was constructed in the 1800’s and first opened its gates for its first inmates in 1842.
The Prison was completed 160 years ago and has remained in use ever since as a local prison.
Pentonville used to be a training prison for trainee executioners who attended a course that lasted one week.
www.criminal-information-agency.com /prison_record_1.php?prisonchoice=99   (201 words)

 BBC NEWS | England | London | Prison staff in 'corruption' quiz
The jail is to "briefly reduce" its maximum number of inmates as a result with some prisoners being moved to other London prisons, she added.
Chairman of the Prison Officers' Association, Colin Moses, said more stringent vetting of prison officers was needed and said problems were created by a policy of local recruitment.
Pentonville, which can hold up to 1,177 prisoners, dates back to 1842.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/england/london/4789967.stm   (339 words)

 Prison Partners - Business in the Community
Prison Partners was established as a demonstration pilot in 2004 by the Prison Service and Business in the Community.
It aimed to form partnerships between managers in prisons and businesses for mutual mentoring and support.
Seven London prisons were matched with seven companies, with about 40 partnerships formed between senior managers from the participating organisations.
www.bitc.org.uk /take_action/in_the_community/employability/exoffenders/other_involvement/prison_partners.html   (255 words)

 The Jamaica Star :: Prison was so sweet ::
When he was locked away in a London prison in 2001, it was nothing like the bleak picture that was painted of prison life.
The deaf accountant told THE STAR that when he was busted by London police for taking four pounds (2000g) of cocaine valued at $12.6 million (£126,000), into their country, the three years he would spend incarcerated at the HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs would be the greatest years of his life.
After pleading guilty to the charges, he was taken to HMP where he said prison life was a stark contrast to the common stories inmates told of their experience behind bars.
www.jamaica-star.com /thestar/20050215/news/news1.html   (982 words)

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