Commenting, Peter Dawson, director of the Prison Reform Trust, said: “This is very welcome news for prisoners’ families, who are very often the key to a crime free future for people leaving prison. David Gauke is right to point to other benefits too. Access to legitimate in-cell phones can reduce tension and self-harm. It also undermines the market for illegal mobile phones in prison, and all the violence associated with it.
“This is a big step in the right direction. We look forward to the rest of the prison estate following suit, and to progress on controlled access to other forms of ICT so that prisoners can take responsibility for their own futures, studying, finding work, and securing somewhere to live on release.”