Projected prison population plunge no justification for unevidenced ‘tough on crime’ policy, says think tank
Commenting on The Ministry of Justice’s prison population projections, Charlotte Pickles, Director of the Reform think tank, said:
“These lower projections do not ‘green light’ the Government’s criminal justice reforms.
“62 per cent of prisons are currently overcrowded, and we have the highest prison population in Western Europe.
“The Ministry of Justice is also clear that these predictions are likely to change when the Prime Minister’s plans for tougher sentences come into effect.
“It is vital that the right people are being sent to prison, but a return to the days of ‘prison works’ will not cut crime, reduce reoffending or keep the public safe.”
Covered in The Guardian and other various outlets.