Learning is vital to rehabilitation; my committee’s new report contains a clear programme for long-overdue reform.
A focus on sentencing must come with much closer attention on what we do with those in jail.
The second in our mini-series of articles on ConservativeHome this week about prisons, policy and reform.
It seems they are more interested in gender identity than the concerns that have been raised in women’s prisons.
The Justice Secretary has the power to ask the Parole Board to “think again”. He should make use of that power.
When it comes to law and order, it is undeniable that our voters are in favour of firm policies to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour.
Re-offending rates are far too high. Electronic monitoring is being expanded – including sobriety tags to check alcohol consumption.
During a three-year suspended sentence they would be required to enrol on a course, undertake a community project, and participate in sport.
Voters are more open to higher spending, but if they pay higher taxes for services that don’t improve then they won’t be happy.
If I had not been sent to a state boarding school and experienced stable relationships, I would likely have ended up in care myself.
“This guy was out on automatic early release and I have long said that this system simply isn’t working.”
As well as Government measures to toughen up punishments and support victims, the nation requires more magistrates.
Being seen to be tough is superficially appealing, but prioritising solutions that actually work is a far better service to the public.
The Justice Secretary makes a good case that short prison sentences make reoffending worse. But he must persuade a sceptical public.