Commenting on today's report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee into Transforming Rehabilitation, Peter Dawson, Director of the Prison Reform Trust said:
"No one should be surprised that a rehabilitation revolution is struggling to get off the ground in our overcrowded, unsafe local prisons.
Transforming Rehabilitation was always a complicated way to solve the problem of high re-offending rates by short-term prisoners. The best solution remains to punish these people in the community."
This afternoon (15 September) the House of Commons will debate the Justice Committee's report into prison safety.
Ahead of the debate the Prison Reform Trust has published a briefing for MPs and interested parties. The briefing highlights the shocking state of safety within our prisons and poses a number of questions and solutions for the government to restore decency and order.
Click here to download the briefing and click here to watch the debate from 1:30pm.
Commenting on the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman's annual report published today, Peter Dawson, Director of the Prison Reform Trust, said:
"Reducing deaths used to be one of the success stories in our prisons. No longer. The situation has got dramatically worse and there are few signs of hope. Every part of the solution requires more time for staff—to build relationships, to train, to get the basics right. That means more staff or fewer prisoners—nothing less will do."