Smart Corrections


Normalising Prisoner Communication

In a recent study researchers from HMPPS explored the use of smuggled mobile phones in prison and examined the views of both prison staff and prisoners themselves on why and how prisoners increasingly use mobiles inside. The authors, Anna Ellison, Martin Coates, Sarah Pike, Wendy Smith-Yau & Robin Moore focussed on three key questions: 1) What drives the demand for mobile phones within prisons – how much is for maintaining family contact and how much is for other more criminal purposes. 2) Are certain types of prisoners more likely to want a mobile phone and so drive demand in particular establishments? 3) Which non-technical factors could be most effective (and cost effective) in reducing b

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