Shake-up for SW prisons

Seven jails in the South West could be turned into 'settlement' prisons, and would see the majority of offenders released from prisons in, or close to, the area in which they live, under plans announced by the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

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Prisons shake-up plans are 'political'

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."

– Andrew Neilson, Director of Campaigns, Howard League for Penal Reform.

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