It is time to close down prisons like Brixton, argues Richard Garside
Chief Inspector of Prisons
The bigger the prison, the less safe and respectful it is, according to new research published in the latest edition of Prison Service Journal.
The research, based on an assessment of reports from the Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales, found that smaller prisons were seven times more likely to score ’good’ on safety, almost five times more likely to score ’good’ on respect, and over five times more likely to score ’good’ on purposeful activity.
The authors conclude:
The Director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Richard Garside, today said that Pentonville Prison in North London should be demolished, with affordable housing for Londoners built in its place.
His comments follow another grim report by the Chief Inspector of Prisons, which found that prisoners were placed in filthy cells and that levels of violence had almost doubled in under two years.
Nick Hardwick, the Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales, took to Twitter today to announce that he wouldn't be reapplying for his job.
Nick Hardwick: Told MoJ ministers & officials I won't be reapplying for my post. Cant be independent of people you are asking for a job.
— HMI Prisons (@HMIPrisonsnews) December 2, 2014
Richard Garside assesses comments by the chief inspector of prisons Nick Hardwick that any parent with a child in Feltham has a 'right to be terrified' over their health and welfare.