Theresa May is right to have highlighted the need to reform the way foreign national prisoners are dealt with. If she is truly determined to root out unfairness in the current system, however, her concerns should lie with increasing the opportunities available to this group to understand and exercise their rights, and not with limiting their ability to access justice still further.
With these latest additions, the sensible, measured proposals set out by the coalition just under a year ago are becoming an increasingly distant memory. The Government would do well to recall the spirit of its original plans before important principles are abandoned for tabloid-pleasing toughness.
Since the August riots, the prison population in England and Wales (already one of the highest in Western Europe) has been on an upward trajectory, with new record highs reached in each of the past four weeks.
07/10/2011 11:13 BST
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