Home Affairs and Justice

Improving home affairs and criminal justice policies is a major public policy challenge. Police forces need continued reform and more effective collaboration, prisons face high incarceration and reoffending rates, and the borders are increasingly under pressure and must prepare for the outcomes of Brexit.

Reform undertakes work on how the right workforce, performance measures, devolved structures and technology can support services through these challenges.



‘Horrendous’ prison safety statistics show system requiring urgent stabilising, says think tank

Commenting on the Ministry of Justice’s quarterly prison safety update showing record levels of self-harm, alongside a small decline in the numbers of assaults, Reform think tank criminal justice lead, Aidan Shilson-Thomas, said:

“The 16% rise in self-harm among prisoners shines a light on the horrendous conditions across the prison estate and highlights the need for urgent reform to stabilise the system.

“The Government must tackle the current exodus of experienced prison officers, stem the soaring levels of substance abuse, and fix the crumbling estate by tackling the £900 million maintenance backlog.

“This will help create a more stable environment where inmates can build positive relationships with staff and engage in meaningful activities, such as education – something which is currently next to impossible.”