The endless calls for tough community sentences do more harm than good, argues Richard Garside
Caution is needed over plans to extend the use of so-called 'problem-solving courts', if they are not to become problem-creating courts, our Director Richard Garside said 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.
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.
Any incoming Secretary of State will want to review their predecessor's plans before committing to them.
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".
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.
The Prime Minister and Justice Secretary prefer to play at being prison reformers, rather than doing the hard work involved, argues Richard Garside
Will McMahon and Rebecca Roberts explore the government's penal reform agenda
Helen Mills suggests that a broader perspective is needed when tackling increasing prison numbers
The Independent has today published a letter by our Director, Richard Garside, calling for an end to the unnecessary imprisonment of tens of thousands of fellow citizens.