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Tough talk costs lives

Michael Gove is the latest politician to accept that we lock up too many people in prison.

'It is an inconvenient truth – which I swerved to an extent while in office – that we send too...

By 
Richard Garside
24 November 2016
Comment

Five prisoners a day

The state of the prison system in England and Wales is so grim, so awful, it is easy to feel at a loss over where to start and what to do about it.

Earlier this week the Prisons and...

By 
Richard Garside
23 September 2016
Comment

Reform prisons a tragic distraction

Given the parlous state of prisons across England and Wales, a reform-minded Justice Minister like Michael Gove has ample opportunity to make his mark.

The Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter...

By 
Richard Garside
18 May 2016
Comment

High prison numbers: Are sentencers to blame?

Since his appointment in May, several predictions have been made about the kind of Justice Secretary Michael Gove will be. Expanding the role for the private sector in delivering criminal justice...

By 
Helen Mills
23 March 2016
Comment

Michael Gove and the future of electronic monitoring

The hubristically named 'New World' electronic montoring (EM) strategy, devised by the Conservative-led Coalition Government back in 2012, was a commercial, technological and penal fiasco and...

By 
Professor Mike Nellis
11 March 2016