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Peter Dawson

Director of the Prison Reform Trust

Peter Dawson is Director of the Prison Reform Trust and a former prison governor.
Ministers Should Take The Sun's Advice And Reduce Prison

Ministers Should Take The Sun's Advice And Reduce Prison Numbers

The national shame of a prison system now so far from the standards of a civilised country should prompt the Justice Secretary for England and Wales to reassess that craven assumption on public attitudes towards sentencing. One of his predecessors, Mr Gove, made much of a visit to Texas to see de-carceration in action - a short flight to Edinburgh might be both cheaper and more instructive.
01/08/2017 14:34 BST
How Can Prisons In Crisis Help People In

How Can Prisons In Crisis Help People In Crisis?

Prisons will always have to care for people who are suffering from a range of mental health conditions. Imprisonment will always do damage, and will always make recovery from mental illness harder. But why should we expect prisons to have to rise to that challenge for people who will spend only a few days or weeks inside, and in institutions that have space for only a fraction of the human beings they are asked to hold?
29/06/2017 12:49 BST