Plans to reorganise the prisons system are 'meaningless', the shadow justice secretary said today, after it was unveiled that a network of resettlement jails would introduces as part of a shake-up of the system.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
The idea of resettlement prisons is a good one - prisoners being integrated back into communities where they have family and friends could lead to reduced re-offending and fewer victims of crime.
However, this is another example of reality being very different from rhetoric. These plans amounts to a substantial reorganisation of our prisons system, and it's not clear how it will be funded. Nor is it clear what will happen in London where there is an estimated shortfall of 8,000 places.
These plans beg more questions which Chris Grayling can't answer. Prisoners from London are currently scattered all over the country, many miles from their family and friends, making this policy announcement meaningless for them.