The Woodcock Report of the enquiry into the escape of 6 prisoners from the special security unit at Whitemoor Prison, 9th September 1994

The armed escape of five IRA men and an armed robber from Whitemoor prison was “a disaster waiting to happen” . In a withering report into the escape of 1991, Sir John Woodcock outlines a litany of security disasters and failings by Ministers down to prison staff. “So many things were wrong, so many procedures […]

The Wolf Report, 1991

Lord Justice Woolf’s Prison Disturbances April 1990: Report of An Inquiry (1991) is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and progressive reports in the history of prisons in England and Wales. Harry Woolf, the former chief justice who wrote the report on the 1991 Strangeways prison riot, says its lessons haven’t been learned. The Woolf Report (1991) […]

The Corston Report

The Corston Report is a review of vulnerable women in the criminal justice system carried out in 2006 by Baroness Jean Corston. The review made 43 recommendations about the treatment of women in the criminal justice system, and argued “the need for a distinct radically different, visibly-led, strategic, proportionate, holistic, woman-centred, integrated approach”. Whilst the […]