Unlocking prison performance

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Crowhurst, Elizabeth; Harwich, Eleonora
Date of publication
4 April 2016
Social Policy, Offenders, Criminal Justice Services
Social welfare
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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 inmates’ life-chances after prison.

In the Autumn Statement the Chancellor argued that without sustained productivity improvements, the United Kingdom will fail to maintain living standards and achieve economic growth in the longer-term.

The Government’s 2015 Productivity Plan also stated that greater productivity is essential for the wellbeing of citizens and laid out reforms to the tax, education and transport systems, among others, which aim to support higher levels of productivity.

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