Punishment in custody disproportionately affecting BAME prisoners

The Howard League for Penal Reform has published a report looking at the use of additional days of imprisonment as punishment for behavioural issues in prison. It finds that the number of additional days given as punishment increased by 34% from 2015 to 2016 and shows that use of additional days disproportionately affects children, young adults and BAME prisoners. It suggests that this is indicative of poor leadership and governors and directors who are struggling to maintain control and notes that the practice has significantly increased alongside a deterioration of prison conditions. The report highlights good practice in Scotland, where the use of additional days was abandoned ten years ago. It recommends that this practice should end in prisons in England and Wales.

Read it at: Out of control: punishment in prisons