Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Simon Hughes on the Tory and Labour arms race on prisons

Speaking to a CentreForum and Prison Reform Trust event today Simon Hughes said:
The sad reality is that the political consensus needed for real reform remains the victim of an arms race between the two largest parties on who can sound toughest on law and order. 
Michael Howard’s 1993 declaration that ‘prison works’, contrary to all the evidence in so many cases of course, became an ideology which was then enthusiastically embraced by Labour Home and Justice Secretaries including Jack Straw, David Blunkett and John Reid. 
That misguided consensus has been directly responsible for a near doubling of the prison population: from about 44,000 in the early 1990s to the 84,656 people in prison at the end of last week.
You can read the whole speech on Simon's own website.

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