News

Fundamental rethink of prisons policy needed

Our Director, Richard Garside, yesterday called for a fundamental rethink of prisons policy after the release of a damning report from the National Audit Office. 

Released today, the report concluded that the prison service was failing to provide a safe, secure and decent prison estate.

He said: 

On just about every measure, the current 

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7 February 2020
Publication

Grayling's failings on electronic monitoring

Drawing on the recent forensic analysis by the National Audit Office, Professor Nellis, one of the foremost experts on electronic monitoring, highlights the ‘massive waste of public money’ and the ‘hubris and incompetence’ that has dogged the programme.

28 July 2017
News

Scrap 'vanity project' tagging scheme call

Our Director, Richard Garside, today called on the Ministry of Justice to scrap its 'vanity project' GPS tagging programme, and focus its energies on more pressing problems, such as the prisons and probation crises.

His call came in response to a...

12 July 2017
Comment

Doing bad policy well

Two developments this month point to deep problems at the heart of the prison and probation systems in England and Wales.

Grim news on prisons

On prisons,...

29 April 2016
News

Government guarantees private prisons will not face closure

Government ministers and civil servants reguarly extol the virtues of a 'level playing field' when it comes to the delivery of public services. Neither the public, private nor voluntary sectors should have an unfair advantage when it comes to competing on cost, quality or delivery,...

18 March 2014