We know that in-prison programmes can reduce dependency, and that the most ordered prisons have the busiest prisoners. Hope is a key ingredient of desistance
Peter Dawson is Director of the Prison Reform Trust and a former prison governor.
Recent figures paint a worrying picture that will only be solved with more resources and fewer prisoners in the system
02/11/2018 17:38 GMT
There’s an old joke in Whitehall about government’s commitment to “policy-based evidence making”, and in the criminal justice
22/05/2018 12:16 BST
A truly appalling inspection report on Liverpool prison coincides with repeated safety failures at Nottingham prison and
19/01/2018 13:18 GMT
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
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
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