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14 September 2018

POA walkout over government failure to make prisons safe

An interview with the POA DGS Joe Simpson

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15 November 2017

4,800 young people hurt after officers 'restrain' them

End assaults on inmates: Thousands of young people have been harmed while being 'restrained' by officers in secure facilities

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15 February 2017

Prison deaths scandal

The latest government statistics show yet another record high in prison deaths and violence

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9 November 2016

Action needed to defend workers at the sharp end of prisons crisis

The latest national statistics on safety in our prison system were released recently. These quarterly figures have been breaking records and setting new "unprecedented highs" systematically since 2010 - a year which 'coincidentally' ties in with the culling of 7,000 prison officers' jobs.

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10 September 2014

Government spending cuts deepen prisons' crisis

Government cuts, leading to massive staff shortages, are deepening the crisis in the prison service as John Hancock of the Prison Officers' Association (POA) national executive committee, explains

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13 January 2014

The underbelly of prison privatisation

Private prisons and particularly Oakwood - run by G4S - have once again been in the news

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27 November 2013

Criminal justice: More privatisation problems

Secretary of State Chris Grayling's plans to privatise large parts of the criminal justice system suffered a severe blow last week with the announcement that three prisons in South Yorkshire set for private takeover will now remain in public hands, writes Chas Berry, Kent branch chair, National Association of Probation Officers (Napo).

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10 January 2013

Seven more public sector prisons to close

The decision announced today (10th January) to close seven more public sector prisons is irresponsible when the prison population remains high and overcrowding is widespread, the Public and Commercial Services union says in a press release...

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Prison Officers Association National Chairman PJ McParlin addresses National Shop Stewards Network conference, 9 June 2012, photo Suzanne Beishon

Prison Officers Association National Chairman PJ McParlin addresses National Shop Stewards Network conference, 9 June 2012, photo Suzanne Beishon

29 August 2012

Prison work - £3 a day is exploitation for profit

Dozens of inmates at Prescoed prison in Monmouthshire are being bussed out to a call centre to work for just £3 a day. PJ McParlin gives the POA's response

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29 August 2012

Women's prisons - Con-Dems' 'reforms' mean cuts and privatisation

The Prison Reform Trust has said that prisons in England and Wales are over capacity by 7,300 inmates. This overcrowding, says the trust, is limiting prison staff's efforts to reduce reoffending...

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7 September 2011

The riots, Clarke and the "broken penal system"

Glyn Travis and Joe Simpson, assistant secretaries of the prison workers’ union POA set out some of the key issues in prisons following the riots

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