Commenting on the findings of today’s (20 July) Annual Report by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Dawson, director of the Prison Reform Trust said:

  

“The Chief Inspector could not put it any plainer—locking prisoners in their cells all day solves nothing. The future in our prisons must be built on a foundation of good staff building good relationships with the people in their care. That can’t be delivered in an overcrowded, under-resourced system. The government’s approach to sentencing, driven by politics not evidence, makes that fundamental problem worse, not better.”