Commission on English prisons launched by Howard League for Penal Reform

Cherie Booth QC is to head up a new commission on English prisons run by the Howard League for Penal Reform.

The commission will investigate the use of prison in the 21st century, consider how to make the best use of community sentences, investigate the rise in prison population and make recommendations.

The commission has been backed by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who called for a “radical rethink” of the criminal justice system.

“We cannot continue to fill our prisons to the point where they become unmanageable and dehumanizing for prisoners, prisoners’ families and prison staff alike, as well as failing conspicuously in the prevention of reoffending,” he said.

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