Press Contacts

Mark Fairhurst - Acting National Chair:
Mobile 07968 108284

Steve Gillan – General Secretary:
Mobile 07971 838590

Glyn Travis - Press Officer:
Mobile 07968 324045

POA Press Office:
020 8803 0255 Option 7

POA Press Releases

PR 96 31 Oct 2014

Latest prison statistics are proof that the prison service is in crisis

The Prison Officers Association (POA) believe that the latest data on self-harm, assaults and deaths in custody provide clear unequivocal proof that the prison system in England and Wales is in an ever deepening crisis.

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PR 95 27 Oct 2014

POA succeed in legal challenge against prisoner

The Prison Officers Association (POA) has todaybeensuccessful in a Judicial Reviewchallenge of a CPS decision to discontinue a prosecution of a prisoner.

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PR 94 16 Oct 2014

POA members at Ashworth, Broadmoor and Rampton to strike on 24th October 2014

The POA have called strike action for 24th October 2014 at its High Secure Psychiatric hospitals after its membership voted overwhelmingly to take action at Ashworth, Broadmoor and Rampton in relation to the Coalition Government failing to fulfil the NHS Pay Review Body recommendations.

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PR 93 08 Sep 2014

Morton Hall

The POA acknowledge the commitment and professionalism of Prison Officers who responded to the serious disturbance at Morton Hall Immigration Centre in Lincolnshire on Saturday the 6th September 2014.

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PR 92 15 Aug 2014

Keep HMP Askham Grange Open

Following a recent HMIP inspection HMP Askham Grange has been awarded the highest possible rating in Safety, Respect, Purposeful Activity and Resettlement.

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PR 91 18 Jul 2014

POA Start Legal Proceedings on Overcrowding

The POA has today sent the first legal letter to the CEO of NOMS Michael Spurr as it challenges the recent decision to crowd more overcrowded public sector prisons.

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PR 90 10 Jul 2014

Prime Minister to Strengthen the Anti-Trade Union laws

The POA, a trade union whose members have been denied the human right to even take industrial action to fight for justice in Modern Britain, are disappointed that the Tory-led Coalition Government are once again attacking and demonising hard working people for trying to stand up for what they believe in.

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PR 89 16 Jun 2014

Smoke and mirrors on self harm and assault figures

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice The Rt. Honourable Chris Grayling MP has been quoted in the Telegraph 14th June 2014 following a radio interview, claiming that self harm and assaults in the prison system have fallen over the last two years.

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PR 88 13 Jun 2014

POA slam decision to further increase the operational capacity of prisons by 440

The decision by NOMS to further crowd the already overcrowded public sector estate by an additional 440 undermines the commitment that prisons will be safe, secure and decent alongside savage cuts to the budget for Criminal Justice.

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PR 87 19 May 2014

Another abscond puts public at risk

The POA have again questioned the tick box mentality of the system which places some of the most dangerous prisoners in open prison conditions.

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