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POA Press Releases
The Howard League for Penal Reform has today (Wednesday 19 October) responded to an incident in Pentonville prison, in which a man died and another two men were critically injured.
The POA once again, has serious concerns following the incident at HMP Pentonville on the 18th October 2016, which led to the tragic death of an offender. The actions of the staff at Pentonville maintained good order and discipline and prevented this situation escalating.
The POA cautiously welcome the announcement of 14 million pounds of investment to recruit 400 additional frontline staff in 10 Prisons.
The POA have won unfair dismissals for two of its members, Mr Hilton and Mr Gregson, who were sacked for alleged misconduct by Mersey Care NHS Trust. At the time the POA took strike action to highlight the unfair treatment of its members.
The POA Executive Committee supported Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader last year and have re-confirmed support for him once more at its meeting on 10th August 2016
The latest Government Safety in Custody statistics outline the failures of NOMS National Offender Management Services to protect prisoners and staff from the unprecedented rise in violence in our prisons.
The POA National Executive Committee have instructed its membership in England and Wales to hold meetings outside their respective Prisons to discuss Prison Reform after NOMS management failed to consult on how prisoners are supervised during their sentence.
The POA have condemned the announcement of the closure of HMP Kennet, following the Written Ministerial Statement made by the Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove that NOMS will not be renewing the lease with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust for the site.