Discharge Grant to be raised for early release prisoners

Discharge Grant to be raised for early release prisoners

It has been reported that there will be an increase to the “Discharge Grant” given to prisoners upon release. Lucy Frazer QC MP indicated in answers to the Commons Justice Committee that prisoners being released early due to the current Coronavirus situation will receive £80 rather than the usual £46. It was also indicated that those who met the criteria for early release may also be issued with a mobile phone to allow them to remain in contact with their offender managers, and also to claim universal credit via a telephone hotline. However, speaking on April 14th, fully ten days after the government announced the scheme, Frazer indicated that up to that point only four prisoners had actually benefited from this. It is expected however that more releases will be taking place over the next few weeks. 0

Latest Coronavirus news from within the prison system.

Latest Coronavirus news from within the prison system.

A second death attributed to Coronavirus at HMP Littlehey confirms that prisons with an older population are at significant risk. The BBC news site today confirms a third prisoner death, with two of those three deaths at the same prison – HMP Littlehey in Cambridge. Although the deaths are indicated as being in older inmates – described as having underlying health problems, it is clear that with figures from several days back showing 65 inmates had tested positive, that coronavirus can find its way pretty much everywhere. Lawyer Simon Creighton, who has inmates among his clients, told BBC Newsnight that prison was a very unsafe environment: “If you think about how cruise ships have been seen as Petri dishes, prisons are about 1,000 times worse,” he said on Wednesday. “Some of the contact I’ve had with prisoners over the last week has been terrifying.” BBC : https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-52137109 And Chair of the Prison Officers Association – Mark Fairhurst says that the virus : “does not discriminate”. And goes on to say: “The two deaths at Littlehey demonstrate that an ageing prison population that have underlying health conditions are more at risk,” BBC : https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-52137109 This is indeed a worrying situation – […]