Monitoring, Inspection and Complaints Adjudication in Prison: The Limits of Prison Accountability Frameworks
23 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2016
Date Written: December 2016
This article examines the framework for prison accountability in England and Wales, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland. Despite variations in both policy and practice between the three jurisdictions, what is striking are the similarities in their shortcomings. These deficiencies, whether based on real or perceived grievances, potentially undermine efforts to call prison governance to account. The article argues that not only should the primary bodies involved in prison accountability be independent and robust, for prisoners to experience these bodies as legitimate, transformational changes in penal culture and internal prison power dynamics must be addressed.
Keywords: prison oversight, accountability frameworks, prison governance, prisoners’ rights
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