Commenting on the publication of the Prisons Strategy White Paper today, Peter Dawson, director of the Prison Reform Trust said:

“Safer prisons that rehabilitate are in everyone’s interests. So investment in preventing drugs from getting into prisons and helping people get clean is all welcome. But it’s hardly a new ambition and the  track record of delivery on prison promises is poor. You can’t build prison reform on a foundation of overcrowded, dilapidated prisons where prisoners spend most of their day in their cells. That’s what life is like in the prisons where these problems are most acute. The government is in danger of addressing the symptoms of our broken prison system, not its causes.”

You can also hear Marc Conway, Prisoner Engagement Coordinator in our Prisoner Policy Network, ask prisoners and prison staff to imagine what a prison of the future might look like in the podcast Woolfsite.