Tuesday, October 04 2011
The Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke, has today announced that the Government is to fundamentally overhaul our prisons system.
Labour allowed our prisons to become places of idleness which criminals left, reoffended, and ended up returning to again and again.
Speaking at Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Ken Clarke said:
"The idea is to provide hard work in prison so that prisoners would be doing something productive, instead of doing nothing. Plotting a more honest future, instead of plotting their next crime. Earning money to pay back to victims, Instead of creating new victims."
He also said:
"We need prisons that work. And prisons that are drug free. Where problems like addiction and mental health are tackled properly. Where the treatment doesn't suddenly stop when prisoners leave jail, which usually happens with those on short sentences but continues in the outside world so that we are better protected. If we want less crime, we need fewer criminals."
Read the full speech here.
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