Political News Updates

01 Sep 2017

No Strategy No Direction No Leadership

The increased frequency of suicide and self-harm amongst offenders in our prisons has been a cause of great concern for the POA and others within the criminal justice sector. It is equally of concern those who have led the Prison Service through the years of austerity and budget cuts have failed to ensure the resources so desperately and evidently needed are available for the safety of the most vulnerable offenders within the Prison System.

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01 Sep 2017

Mobile Phone Blocking Technology

The POA have been a major supporter for the introduction of new technology into our Prison system. We have called for and supported the trials of body-worn cameras and changes to legislation, which allows for the introduction of mobile phone blocking technology. The POA also welcomes the potential offered by the introduction of satellite tracking technology.

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31 Aug 2017

Prison Staffing and Recruitment 2

At the heart of delivering prison safety is the requirement for Governors to have the right numbers of staff to be able maintain order and control. Frontline staff numbers have been slashed in recent years to meet the budgetary cuts imposed by the Austerity plans of Treasury.

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23 Aug 2017

Prison Self-harm Aug 2017

The increased frequency of suicide and self-harm amongst offenders in our prisons has been a cause of great concern for the POA and others within the criminal justice sector. It is equally of concern those who have led the Prison Service through the years of austerity and budget cuts have failed to ensure the resources so desperately and evidently needed are available for the safety of the most vulnerable offenders within the Prison System.

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23 Aug 2017

Violence Aug 2017

The POA have been highlighting the increasingly dangerous working environment in which our members are being forced to work to care for some of the most damaged and vulnerable people in the country. As a trade union representing the largest number of frontline staff in the criminal justice system, the POA are firmly of the view that those at the most senior level of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, have overseen, controlled and directed the Service into the worst crisis seen in living memory.

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22 Jun 2017

Prisons Reform - What Prison Reform

Since early 2016, the Conservative Government have repeatedly and from the very highest levels trumpeted their high ideals to reform prisons and make them places of safety and rehabilitation.

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16 Mar 2017

Prisons and Courts Bill

Government’s proposed new legislation contained within the Prisons and Courts Bill is intended to deliver on the prison reform commitments as set out in the Prison Safety and Reform White Paper.

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27 Feb 2017

Deaths in Custody

From the outset it is important to acknowledge that every death in custody is a tragedy and it affects all of those involved, including the family and friends of the individual concerned and for the offenders and staff with whom the person lived and associated with on a daily basis.

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27 Feb 2017

Prison Self-harm

The prevalence of suicide and self-harm amongst offenders in our Prisons is cause for great concern, for all those that work within the Criminal Justice Sector. It is clear from the published data that large numbers of offenders, both convicted and on remand, held in establishments are at risk and without the proper levels of support, can be in serious danger.

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23 Jan 2017

Birmingham Riot – Overcrowding

During the debate on 19th December 2016, in the House of Commons, which looked at the riot at HMP Birmingham, Secretary of State Liz Truss was questioned by Suella Fernandes, Conservative MP for Fareham, about the Governments commitment to close older Prisons and to build new ones.

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