The UK Government responded to a recent Justice Committee report, Prison 2020, that they would produce a new prison strategy. However, when I pressed the Prison’s Minister on when this strategy would be published she couldn’t tell us even a rough date. I worry that we are seeing more can kicking on prison reform and safety.
I also pointed out that the £156m spending pledge by the government on prison refurbishment is welcome, but it falls far short of the £900m backlog of maintenance issues. Unsafe prisons increase volatility of prisoners and increase reoffending rates. We urgently need investment into our justice system.