Gauke’s measures will not tackle prisons emergency – Richard Burgon
Richard Burgon MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to David Gauke’s prison reform announcements said:
“These measures fall way short of what is needed to tackle the emergency in our prisons.
“Our prisons are facing an unprecedented wave of violence due to Conservative cuts to budgets and staffing levels. The Government’s claim that it is turning prisons into places of reform and rehabilitation is empty rhetoric when violence, understaffing and overcrowding mean that prisoners spend 23 hours a day locked-up in their cells.
“The Government needs to go much further than these wholly inadequate measures. It should launch an emergency action plan with substantial new Treasury funds to make our prisons safe for both staff and inmates.”