- Tapa blanda: 288 páginas
- Editor: Simon & Schuster; Edición: New Ed (15 de diciembre de 2004)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0743259521
- ISBN-13: 978-0743259521
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Prisongate: The Shocking State Of Britain's Prisons & The Need For Visionary Change: The Shocking State of Britain's Prisons and the Need for Visionary Change (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 15 dic 2004
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Drugs and violence are rife in our filthy, overcrowded prisons. Women and underage prisoners are treated badly by staff and other prisoners alike. Some 70% of prisoners suffer from a mental disorder, yet during their time in prison they are denied the services of the NHS; 65% of all adult prisoners have a reading age of less than eight; and over 50% of women prisoners have suffered sexual or physical abuse. The Victorian approach to the prison service was punitive rather than rehabilitating. Now that we understand that most prisoners are themselves victims of some sort, that out-dated attitude must change. Written with real passion and based on the author's extensive experience, PRISONGATE asks why we are allowing our prison service to collapse and calls in powerful polemic prose for fast and decisive change.
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Sir David Ramsbotham, GCB CBE is an establishment figure and former Army general who was Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons for five and a half years. Seeking prison reform, he was a thorn in the side of Jack Straw's government just when they thought he was going to be submissive.
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His first visit, to the women's prison at Holloway in north London, was a 'horrific experience'. In 1984 its housing for mentally disturbed women 'could drive people mad' - it was dark, with rising damp, rats and cockroaches.
All but 24 of the 73,000 prisoners (when Ramsbotham wrote the book) will be released. The purpose of prison is to reform, to prevent re-offending, but it is failing. 58% of adults re-offend within two years of release, 78% of all offenders under 21 and 88% of children aged between 15 and 18. But settlement is still 'inconsistent, uncontrolled, and without operational supervision'.
Ramsbotham tells how a supplement of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids reduced serious offences by 37%. It would cost just £3.5 million a year to give it to every prisoner every day, from a prison budget of £2.8 billion. The Prison Service rejected this proposal. It also rejected his proposal to set up Housing Advice Centres in all prisons. He tells the horrifying story of the Prison Service's punitive raid on Blantrye House, one of Britain's best-run prisons, which had just an 8% re-offending rate.
He describes as 'the enemy' Home Office ministers, particularly Home Secretaries, and the people at the top of the Home Office and the Prison Service, who all fought his efforts to improve the prison service. They all follow Bill Clinton's cynical advice on crime - "don't let your opponents look tougher than you do." Ramsbotham sums up that government policy in practice 'did not include the provision of decent and humane treatment of and conditions for prisoners'.
His wife observed, "If prison worked - we would be shutting prisons not opening them." But this government wants to build three new Titan prisons, against the united opposition of those who work with offenders.
Ramsbotham's approach, by contrast, is practical and fair: "Most prisoners, when treated with respect as human beings, can and will respond. Those who need medical treatment benefit when treated as patients first and prisoners second."