Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Go on, Have Another 43 Years in Jail

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Go on, Have Another 43 Years in Jail

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Byline: Laura Hill Reporter Laura.Hill@trinitymirror.com @laurahillnews

PRISONERS in the North East are being subjected to "draconian punishments", campaigners say, with an increasing amount of extra time being added to misbehaving prisoners' sentences.

Almost 16,000 days - or 43 years - of additional imprisonment were imposed on prisoners found to have broken the rules in prisons in the North East last year, a report by the Howard League for Penal Reform revealed on Friday.

This is a 70% increase from 2014. Prisoners at trouble-hit HMP Northumberland, which is privately managed by Sodexo, were given the most sentence extensions as punishments, with 7,661 extra days behind bars given to 1,329 inmates in 2015, an average of five days per prisoner and 3,000 more days than in 2014.

A spokesperson for HMP Northumberland said that running a safe and secure prison is its top priority.

extensions routinely They said: "We take breaches of prison discipline very seriously and use all available approaches to address them."

technique prisons out of Frances " Police are called when prisoners commit crimes behind bars, while 'serious breaches' of prison rules are referred to an independent adjudicator who can hand out additional sentencing.

HMP Holme House in Teesside and HMP Deerbolt in County Durham were the next on the Howard League for Penal Reform's table, handing out an extra 2,205 and 4,679 days behind bars to misbehaving prisoners.

Deerbolt is a young offender institute, while Holme House has a juvenile wing which could account for the high figures.

Sentence are now used as a management in that are control Crook Ministry of Justice (MoJ) data shows that, across England and Wales, the number of additional days' imprisonment imposed has increased by 30% in a year - from 165,856 in 2014 to 215,348 in 2015 as prisons desperately try to keep control. Prisoners at the notorious high-security Frankland Prison were given an additional 86 days on their sentences for bad behaviour.

Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said the use of so-called adjudications has got out of hand. …

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