Prisoners should 'lose their liberty not their identity'

Director of the Prison Reform Trust Juliet Lyon asked whether it was wise for the Government to "flout international law" and ignore the European court's ruling on votes for prisoners.

Ms Lyon said:

People are sent to prison to lose their liberty not their identity.

A 19th-Century penalty of civic death makes no sense in a 21st-Century prison system whose focus is on rehabilitation, resettlement and the prevention of re-offending.

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Draft bill on prisoner voting

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said a joint Commons and Lords committee will consider proposals on prisoner voting, including the option of retaining the ban.