While the Ministry of Justice focus on rehabilitation is welcome, today's announcement reflects the fact that these reforms are designed to meet political and ideological goals - not to improve public safety or deliver better value for the taxpayer.
The Government's efforts to ensure the vast majority of prisoners are released into their local area seem rooted in good intentions.
But attempting to shoehorn overcrowded jails into arbitrarily-drawn and oversized contract areas, simply to ease the privatisation process, will create serious problems unless we reduce the number of people our prisons are holding."
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There will be showers first thing, moving eastwards during the morning. Some of heavy. Away from the cloud there will be bright breaks.
Early showers - some of them heavy - will move east during the morning. On a brighter note there will be sunny spells away from the cloud
Expect more rain tonight along with strengthening winds. It will be showery tomorrow with bright breaks. Reaching 14 C but feeling colder