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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

January 31, 2006: New Prison Information Bulletin

The Howard League for Penal Reform today launched the first in a series of new prison information bulletins. It  analyses the prison population and explains why it has reached record levels and what can be done to reduce it. The bulletin also breaks down the prison population into its component parts, shows sentencing trends, critiques current government policy and suggests how to re-orientate the criminal justice system to reduce crime. The bulletin reveals how:

  • The Government has deliberately allowed the prison population to grow to record and unsustainable levels
  • Prison costs the taxpayer £5.75m each day
  • Changes to sentencing practice have resulted in over 20,000 more prison places being needed since 1994
  • Over 40% of all children held in penal custody are officially considered by the authorities to be ‘vulnerable’

Howard League Director Frances Crook said:

“We want these bulletins to alert people to the human and financial costs of our obsession with locking people up. These show how politicians, judges and magistrates have created a juggernaut of imprisonment which will be difficult to halt. However, we welcome the Home Secretary's commitment to reduce re-offending and suggest that the only way to achieve this is by building on the firm foundations of successful probation supervision in the community and support for the many good schemes that manage offenders safely and turn around their lives. The only way to make sure that in the future there are fewer victims of crime is to use the effective community interventions. Prison will never work.”

Updated prison statistics are available on the Crimlinks home page.