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Despite crime rates falling
- 22% in 2012 (SCJS)
- prison population is rising
Does prison work?
high recidivism rate 2/3rds of those serving short sentences go on to reoffend
"prisons are an expensive way of making people worse" - Douglas Hurd, Tory Home Sec
- £250 Wrexham luxury prison
- "bed and board" culture
- BUT deprivation of liberty and longetivity!
- intimidating places - Howard League 2009 prison violence up by 1/3rd
- squalid conditions - impact on mental health: 2009 60 suicides in E+W prisons
- less than a 1/3rd (31%) who completed a RAPt programme reoffended
- only 3% of identified prisoners had access
recent budget cuts and other problems
- 2010 MoJ losing £2bn of their £9bh budget
- overcrowding - Howard League 2012 1 in 4 prisoners in overcrowded cells
- sentences under 6 months not eligible