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Liz Truss says we need to improve community sentences by dealing better with people with mental health and drug problems and make our prisons more accountable.
Chief Prison Inspector Peter Clarke draws attention to the unjust incarceration of people serving sentences of imprisonment for public protection
Former Justice Secretary Michael Gove recommends the release of all IPP prisoners in this year’s Longford lecture. But why wait till he was a backbencher?
Snapshot breakdown of current England and Wales prison population by age, gender, type of offence and length of sentence in MoJ infographic.
At the moment our prisons are a ticking time bomb that could explode into violence without warning. Frontline staff shortages and overcrowding are contributing to this explosive and toxic environment. If I were Secretary of State for Justice my first priority would be to ensure that no prison in England and Wales has less staff than it needs to operate a safe, normal regime.
We cannot go on thinking we can imprison our way to a safer society, not only is it poor value for money for the taxpayer, it also fails to recognise the evidence already available that there are better and more cost effective ways to protect the public and reduce reoffending.