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Thursday 19th July 2012 | 16:33
Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, commenting on today’s report by the Chief Inspector of Prisons and the Chief Inspector of Probation, said:
“Today’s highly critical report by the Chief Inspectors of both Probation and Prisons is a double-whammy. The Tory-led Government’s so-called “Rehabilitation Revolution” is seen as nothing but a sham. There’s no
substance to the Government’s claims, instead it’s all spin. What we’re actually seeing is our prisons closing and no new ones being commissioned, conditions deteriorating leading to already stretched staff struggling to
cope with increased demands and support for rehabilitating prisoners simply not being available.
"The Government needs to act immediately on the highly alarming reports that those committing the most serious sexual offences are being released having had little or no rehabilitative behavioural support.
"The public rightly want those found guilty of crimes to be punished and, for those committing serious crimes, see prison as the only option. But of those in prison today, nine out of ten will have served their sentences ten
years from now, and be out living in our communities up and down the country. Keeping our communities safe therefore demands a proper, effective approach to punishment and reform, otherwise public confidence in our
criminal justice system will wane, and the safety of our communities will be unnecessarily put at risk. Because of their policies, this Government is neither punishing nor reforming prisoners in an effective manner.”