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Share your views on prison reform

Tue 30 Aug 2016

Act now on prison reform

Be part of the inquiry into prison reform and help shape the future of prisons.

The new Minister of State for Justice has stated the government will continue ambitious programme of reforms. This includes the £1.3bn estate modernisation programme, the creation of reform prisons to give prison governors greater autonomy, and the implementation of Dame Sally Coates' education review. The Justice Committee is investigating prison reform.


How you can help

Help shape government policy on prisons by sharing your views today. Your answers don’t have to be long and they don’t have to answer all of the questions below. The deadline for submissions is 30 September.


Questions for you to think about

  • What do you think should be the purpose of prisons?
  • The Government plans to close old Victorian city prisons and replace them with large modern prisons.  Do you think that this is an effective way of dealing with those in prison?
  • The Government plans to give the money that it spends on education and some prison health services to prison governors and give them more say about what they provide to prisoners. Do you think that this meets with your ideas of the purpose of prison?  Do you think that this will be effective for those in prison?
  • What do you think should be the roles and responsibilities of the following groups in relation to a modern and effective prison system?
    • Prison staff
    • Prison governors
    • National Offender Management Service
    • Ministry of Justice officials and Ministers
    • Other agencies and departments
  • What do you think are the opportunities and challenges of prison reform announced by the Government in relation to the reform agenda’s development and implementation?

Please pass this on to anyone who you feel would be interested in letting the committee know about their experiences.


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