Michael Gove

Welcome for rethink on reform prison plans

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies' Director, Richard Garside, has welcomed hints that the new Justice Secretary, Liz Truss, might be rethinking plans for 'reform prisons'.

Speaking yesterday at the House of Commons Justice Committee, Liz Truss said that she was not yet ready to commit to new legislation. She also indicated that she wanted to take her time to reassess existing plans.

Richard said,

Any incoming Secretary of State will want to review their predecessor's plans before committing to them.

Comment on Justice and Home Secretary appointments

Commenting on the appointment of Liz Truss as Justice Secretary our Director, Richard Garside, said:

Liz Truss' predecessor, Michael Gove, seems destined to go down as the great prison reformer whose career was ended before he had time to disappoint prison reformers.

Regardless of the balance sheet on his time in office, the appointment of Liz Truss affords a welcome opportunity for a rethink of his plans for "Reform Prisons".

Comment on reform prisons announcement

Our Director, Richard Garside, today said that the government's plans for reform prisons were a 'tragic distraction from the big challenges of prison reform'.

Writing on the Centre's website, Richard argues:

'There is more than enough for Michael Gove to do to sort out the system-wide problems in prison. Which is why today's announcement of six 'reform prisons' is such a tragic distraction from the big challenges of prison reform.

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