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News 03 Nov 2016

Media release: Howard League responds to prison reform proposals

The Howard League for Penal Reform has today (Thursday 3 November) issued a statement ahead of an announcement on prison reform by the Secretary of State for Justice, Elizabeth Truss.

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News 27 Oct 2016

One-fits-all approach to workers' rights "doesn't make sense and creates unnecessary conflict"

A "one-fits-all" approach to workers' rights is not appropriate for all sections of the workforce, General Secretary of The Professional Trades Union for Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers (POA), Steve Gillan, has said, announcing his union's official support for the Institute of Employment Rights' proposals for the reform of employment law.

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News 26 Oct 2016

Media release: Prison statistics reveal a bloodbath of assaults, suicide and self-injury

The number of people dying in prison has risen by 21 per cent in a year as safety in jails deteriorates further and faster, figures seen by the Howard League for Penal Reform reveal today (Thursday 27 October).

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22 Sep 2016

E-petition launched - For the court to issue a consecutive sentence and not concurrent.

An e-petition has been launched for courts to issue consecutive sentences and not concurrent ones, if a civil servant is assaulted doing their duties.

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16 Sep 2016

Justice select Committee - Prison Safety

Below are a number of links to Parliamentary publications and archived video sessions all on the subject of Prison Safety.

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30 Aug 2016

Help needed

I am a serving Prison Officer and POA member with 15 years’ experience, I am currently undertaking a PhD (Research Degree) with Huddersfield University, investigating the Mental Health of Prison Officers.

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08 Jul 2016

Phil Copple to POA 07 07 16

See the letter from Phil Copple to the POA below.

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07 Jul 2016
07 Jul 2016

NOMS intent on stopping pay!!!!!

At a meeting with NOMS today at their request they asked that we stand down the meetings for tomorrow morning.

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23 Jun 2016

Violent prison attacks should be prosecuted, rules High Court

The High Court yesterday (21 June 2016) ruled that it is important to be able to prosecute prisoners for acts of violence committed against prison officers while serving time in prison, as a way of protecting prison officers and prisoners. This amounted to a landmark victory for the Prison Officers Association (POA).

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