Friday 6 November 2020 / 11:37 AM David Lammy / Justice

David Lammy says further restrictions in prisons are because of “government failure”

David Lammy MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to the government’s announcement of new restrictions on the prison estate, said:

“The government’s failure to act fast enough or decisively enough to control this pandemic has made further restrictions in prisons inevitable.

“Locking prisoners in their cells for 23 hours per day for many months, without access to rehabilitation or family visits, is not only damaging for mental health, it is dangerous. The less opportunity prisoners get to turn their lives around inside, the more likely they will reoffend when they are let out.”

“The government must learn from its mistakes by using the extra time the second lockdown buys to finally get control of the pandemic.”