Phil Wheatley spells out the prison crisis, as Michael Spurr may not:: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/30/surge-in-jail-population-adds-to-strain-on-overstretched-prison-service.
Riots so commonplace they hardly get press coverage; suicides, self harm and assaults running at record levels; steep decline in both HM Chief Inspector's and MoJ's own prison ratings; and now an unexpected population surge which threatens to exceed maximum "safe" capacity. While the MoJ sees fit to boast that staff on landings are 'only' 22 % fewer than in 2010 (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/record-numbers-of-new-prison-officer-recruits).
And where is the Justice Secretary? Nowhere to be found. Tuscany, maybe. (His latest Tweets are, bizarrely, about RAF planes in Estonia: perhaps he fancies a change of Department?] And what does he offer when he is around? Platitudes and inaction: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/prison-reform-open-letter-from-the-justice-secretary.
I have seen many Home Secretaries and Justice Secretaries come and go, and criticised the policies of many of them. But I have not, until now seen, one simply walk away from his responsibilities.
I was formerly Finance Director of the Prison Service and then Director of the National Offender Management Service responsible for competition. I also worked in the NHS and an IT company. I later worked for two outsourcing companies.
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