David Cameron confirmed government plans to overhaul the way prisons are run and how prisoners are treated. The speech was the first from a Prime Minister in over 20 years specifically to address prisons, and follows on from announcements made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer at the Spending Review.
Mr Cameron said he now recognised that, given the high rates of re-offending amongst prisoners upon release and the current levels of self-harm, violence and suicide in prison, the system requires ‘wholesale reform’. He stated that the system as it currently stands is ‘failing’ victims, offenders and prison staff and hurting the public purse.
The full speech is available here.