Commenting on today's report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, Peter Dawson, director of the Prison Reform Trust said:
"We are used to dreadful inspection reports about dilapidated, overcrowded Victorian prisons. HMP Hindley is none of these things, and this damning verdict is all the more troubling as a result. It shows that a lack of decency will undermine a prison, regardless of its physical condition and facilities. The Chief Inspector is right to make this a test of the government's ability to respond swiftly and effectively when a prison is failing."
The Chairman of the Parole Board, the Chief Inspector of Prisons and the former Justice Secretary Michael Gove have all separately called on the government to act to speed up the release of thousands of people serving the discredited indeterminate sentence of imprisonment for public protection (IPP).
Nick Hardwick, the chairman of the Parole Board, recommended privately to both Michael Gove and the current Justice Secretary Liz Truss in July that they consider introducing legislation to convert the sentences of 634 IPP prisoners with original tariffs of less than two years into determinate sentences.
In his confidential advice, revealed in a freedom of information request made by the Prison Reform Trust and covered by BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Nick Hardwick expresses “real concerns” about the group of short tariff IPP prisoners who “but for their IPP would have been released many years ago”.
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The former Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove delivered the 15th Longford Lecture on Wednesday November 16th, 2016 at 6.30pm in the Assembly Hall of Church House, Great Smith Street, London.
The lecture is organised by the Longford Trust in association with the Prison Reform Trust and is kindly sponsored by Unilink Technology Services.
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“One tries not to be an Old Git but they don't make it easy”. So says Alan Bennett, and reading Prison Safety and Reform, the government’s long awaited white paper published last week, anyone with history on the subject will find it easy to sympathise. This is scarcely the first time in the last two decades that a politician has declared their determination to create a prison system that makes a difference. And for all of its 61 pages, the document begs many more questions than it answers.
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