Prison reform trust representation to the autumn budget 2017

Document type
Corporate author(s)
Prison Reform Trust
Prison Reform Trust
Date of publication
25 September 2017
Offenders, Criminal Justice Services, Social Policy
Social welfare
Material type

Download (608KB )

New projections for the prison population show that the current strategy to manage the crisis in our prisons by adding to capacity on a new for old basis is undeliverable, both operationally and financially. By contrast, a significant reduction in the use of imprisonment could unlock resource savings of nearly £1bn annually. In the long term, a smaller, modernised estate would offer significant and enduring savings and the prospect of significantly better performance.

It is well known that the use of imprisonment in England and Wales has grown dramatically over the last two decades. A succession of expert reviews has charted the reasons for that growth. What is clear is that the growth in the population has not been caused by an increase in crime, which has fallen on all measures during the same period. Nor has an increase in imprisonment been pursued as an object of policy.

More from Social welfare collection

Related to Offenders

Unlocking prison performance

This discussion paper proposes a new model for measuring prison performance. It is focussed not only on ensuring decent living conditions for inmates, but also on the ability of our prisons to improve

Prison population projections 2014-2020 England and Wales

This bulletin presents projections of the prison population in England and Wales from November 2014 to December 2020.The prison population projections are based on assumptions about future custodial

Prison safety: Westminster Hall debate on the Sixth Report from the Justice Committee of Session 2015-16

The Prison Reform Trust welcomes the reassurance of Liz Truss that ‘Prison safety is the Department’s top priority and is fundamental to making the radical reforms I want to make to our prison system.’

Too little too late: an independent review of unmet mental health need in prison

Annual reports of Independent Monitoring Boards across England and Wales have identified prisoners’ unmet mental health need as a foremost concern. Supported by the Mercers’ Company, the Prison Reform

More items related to this subject

Related to Prison Reform Trust

Inclusive by default

Report on creating inclusive digital public services

Advanced technology to support research, innovation and economic growth in the UK

Downloadable briefing giving an overview of policy developments in technological advancements to support research, innovation, and economic growth

Advanced technology to support research innovation and economic growth in the UK

Policy briefing on opportunities in advancing technology

More items related to this publisher