Government’s ‘rehabilitation revolution’ shown to be a hollow promise
by: The Howard League for Penal Reform
published: 23 October 2013
Responding to today’s Annual Report by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons, Andrew Neilson, Director of Campaigns at the Howard League for Penal Reform, said:
“This damning report makes plain how hollow the government’s promise of a ‘rehabilitation revolution’ has been. Quite the contrary: more prisoners are being locked up all day with nothing to do.
“Putting someone in a cell to lie on their bunk for hours on end will not see those with histories of substance misuse, mental health needs or other issues miraculously become law-abiding citizens. This puts public safety at risk and wastes vast sums of money.
“If there is less money available for the Ministry of Justice then a truly tough response would be to reduce the prison population and focus resources on those who need it most. There are many people currently behind bars who have not committed serious or violent offences, whose reoffending would be better tackled in the community.
“The ‘cracks’ that the Chief Inspector describes are the direct result of government ducking this challenge and instead simply cutting costs by reducing the quality of staffing, rehabilitation and training. This is no way to run an overcrowded prison system.”