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221 04 Apr 2020

POA SUPPORT EARLY RELEASE OF PRISONERS

The POA have confirmed that Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland intends to begin the early release of low risk prisoners as early as next week. In a private meeting today with the POA the Lord Chancellor confirmed that up to 4000 prisoners within the last two months of their Automatic Early Release date would be released from Prisons under home detention curfew conditions, which requires them to wear an ankle tag and have stable accommodation in place. This would relieve the pressure on frontline staff and the prison system during the Coronavirus outbreak.

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220 24 Mar 2020

POA PRAISE ‘SENSIBLE’ DECISION TO LOCK DOWN PRISONS

The POA today praised the decision of the Secretary of State for Justice and the Director of Public Sector Prisons for their decision to place Prisons in England and Wales on immediate ‘lock down.’

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219 11 Mar 2020

CORONAVIRUS IN PRISONS AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

The POA National Executive Committee at its meeting on 11th March 2020 committed to working with Government and Employers to keep Prisons and the Criminal Justice System as stable as possible.

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News 05 Mar 2020

21 March Stand Up To Racism demonstrations in London and Glasgow for UN Anti Racism Day

The demonstrations are taking place as part of the #WorldAgainstRacism international coordination that will see demonstrations across Europe, the US and wider. See the interactive map of demonstrations globally here

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News 05 Mar 2020

Watch Steve Gillan discuss COVID-19 and prisons on Sky News

Watch Steve Gillan discuss COVID-19 and prisons on Sky News

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News 04 Mar 2020

Register now for the new Emergency Services Football League

This new league will bring together the Police, Fire, the NHS and the prison service in a UK-wide football league. This is the only league of its kind!

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218 12 Feb 2020

POA STATEMENT ON THREATS AGAINST CUT PRESIDENT DIOGENES ORJUELA

The POA Prison Officers Trade Union sends solidarity to Diogenes Orjuela, president of CUT Colombia, following the threats made against him and other prominent political figures.

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News 22 Jan 2020

Watch Mark Fairhurst on the Victoria Derbyshire show

Watch Mark Fairhurst on the Victoria Derbyshire show

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217 20 Jan 2020

RIOT AT HMP STOCKEN

At 17.00hrs on Saturday 18th January 2020, prisoners at HMP Stocken rioted on Mike Wing. The incident started when 5 prisoners accessed the netting and a Prison Officer was attacked from behind by a prisoner yielding a pool ball in a sock. Staff then withdrew from the wing for their own safety.

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News 15 Jan 2020

NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE SHANNON TRUST/POA CUP 2020

Each year the POA and Shannon Trust come together to celebrate the Officers that work hard to help people in prison learn to read.

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