800 per cent rise at Whitemoor in additional days imposed for breaking of prison rules - Howard League wants an end to practice

PUBLISHED: 01:35 04 September 2017

Whitemor governor Will Styles earlier this year when hosting a visit by Liz Truss, then Justice Secretary and top right  Highpoint, right middle, Littlehey and bottom Whitemoor

Whitemor governor Will Styles earlier this year when hosting a visit by Liz Truss, then Justice Secretary and top right Highpoint, right middle, Littlehey and bottom Whitemoor


Inmates at Whitemoor top security jail in March were handed an extra 947 days of additional punishment last year for breaking prison rules – a whopping 800 per cent increase on 2015.

At Peterborough Prison the number of days added on totalled 2,531 – up 32 per cent on the previous year- while Littlehey near Huntingdon saw a decrease of five per cent to 484.

But the record for the most extra days imposed was ‘won’ for the second year in succession by Highpoint, seven miles outside of Haverhill, where the equivalent of an extra 22 years was added to prisoners sentences. In 2016, 8,066 days were added on for disciplinary offences - -a 49 per cent increase from 2015 when 5,790 days were added.

Across East Anglia prisoners were handed a total of 24,083 days – almost 66 years – of additional imprisonment for breaking prison rules last year.

Research by the Howard League for Penal Reform reveals today (Monday 4 September) that prisons are routinely and increasingly resorting to such punishments to regain control.

The findings are published in Out of control: Punishment in prison, the latest in a series of Howard League reports examining how prisons respond to misbehaviour. It reveals how disciplinary hearings, known as adjudications, are used and claim that even minor infractions such as disobedience and disrespect are being punished with additional days of imprisonment.

The report calls on England and Wales to follow the example set by Scotland, where the use of additional days of imprisonment was scrapped about 10 years ago.

Officials and governors in Scotland could find no evidence that abolishing the use of additional days had a negative impact on behaviour, and Scottish prisons have become safer since the change was made.

Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “Prisons are out of control. More people than ever before are losing their lives to suicide, and violence and self-injury are at record levels. The adjudications system has become a monster that is making these problems worse.

“It is surely time to follow the example set in Scotland, where scrapping additional days’ imprisonment has made prisons fairer and safer. There are more constructive ways to deal with misbehaviour than simply locking up people for longer, which puts even more pressure on the system.

“Bold but sensible action to reduce the prison population would save lives and prevent more people being swept into deeper currents of crime, violence and despair.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ely Standard visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ely Standard staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ely Standard account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Fire crews were called out twice in East Cambridgeshire on Sunday – to a collision at Mepal and to a car fire in Wilburton.

If on your bucket list is walking a new road before it opens to traffic then many hundreds will have ticked that off on Sunday in Ely.

Sixteen teams battled it out in Ely on Saturday for the annual potato race over the quarter-a-mile course, all carrying 20kg bag of spuds, all of which had been grown by different farmers in the Fens.

42 minutes ago

A woman who complained to MP Lucy Frazer that a letter she paid a £4 surcharge to Royal Mail to be delivered only to find it was a Tory Party survey has got her money back.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Ely Standard weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy