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Read recent blogs and posts from Charlie Taylor and our staff.

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Photograph of a door with a sign that reads 'prisoner exit'.

Preparing prisoners for release

14 November 2023

As more prisoners are being released from prison earlier in their sentences in order to free space in the crowded prison estate, Charlie Taylor reflects on ongoing challenges to preparing prisoners for release.

Photograph of a prison library.

World Literacy Day – the central importance of reading in prisons

8 September 2023

On World Literacy Day, Charlie Taylor reflects on the central importance of reading in prisons and why it cannot be neglected even in times of acute pressures on the service.

Photograph of a wing landing.

Why the prison population crisis is everyone’s concern

2 August 2023

As prison population numbers continue to rise, Charlie Taylor considers the implications and warns there will be consequences for all of us.

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Bringing closed worlds into the open

6 December 2023

Sophie Riley, Head of Research, Data and Thematics at HMI Prisons, explains why we have worked with Royal Holloway to make 20 years of prisoner survey data available to other researchers.

Line drawn images used in our easy read reports.

Making our reports easier to read

7 July 2023

Earlier this year, we began publishing easy read summaries of our reports on prison inspections. Tamsin Williamson, Publications Manager at HMI Prisons, led the project and explains why it was so important.

Photograph of a children's play area in a visits hall.

International Day of Parents: the vital importance of family relationships for those in prison

5 June 2023

Following International Day of Parents, Martin Kettle considers some of the work by prisons to maintain the vital relationship between parents and children.

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