Our Director, Richard Garside, has called for a long-term plan to reduce the prison population, in a letter published in The Times on Saturday.
The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has called on the Ministry of Justice to shelve plans for so-called 'reform prisons'. Instead, the Ministry should focus its energies 'on the important task of real and sustained prison reform'.
Our call comes in evidence we submitted to the House of Commons Justice Committee inquiry into prison reform, which has been published today.
The prison population has fallen by five a day since the 2015 General Election, Richard Garside writes. What's needed is a long-term plan to deliver a sustained fall.
Our Director, Richard Garside, today welcomed calls for a cut in the high number of people locked up in prisons across England and Wales.
The Conservative Chair of the House of Commons Justice Committee, Bob Neill MP, is one of a growing number of figures calling for a reduction in the prison population.
The Ministry of Justice’s plan to reduce the prison population through a reduction in reoffending 'has almost no chance of success', the former New York City corrections and probation director Michael Jacobson writes in today's Guardian.
He also cautions against plans to build new prisons, arguing that 'you simply cannot build your way out' of the problem of prison overcrowding.
Helen Mills suggests that a broader perspective is needed when tackling increasing prison numbers
The Ministry of Justice should halve the prison population if it wants to meet the target cuts in departmental spending set out by the Chancellor, says the Howard League for Penal Reform. The proposal, announced today, formed the basis of the Howard League's submission to the government's Spending Review 2015, which asked departments without ring-fenced budgets to submit plans to reduce spending by 25-40 per cent.
Last week the British Academy published a new report on addressing high prison numbers
This month sees the Centre starting work on a new project comparing alternatives to incarceration across eight European countries.
The European Observatory on Alternatives to Incarceration, a two year project funded by the European Union, will draw on the expertise of organisations in eight European countries to establish a comparative picture of the use, implementation and success of alternatives to prison in each country. Crucially it intends to identify measures which have reduced the use of custody.
Richard Garside reviewed David G. Green, Emma Grove and Nadia A. Martin, Crime and Civil Society: Can we become a more law-abiding people? (London: Civitas, February 2005) and Michael Jacobson, Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and End Mass Incarceration (New York and London: New York University Press, January 2005) for Prison Service Journal, October 2005, Issue 161.