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English Prisons Today

Cut prison numbers and reinvest money in communities says the Commission on English Prisons Today

A landmark report into the prison system has been published on Thursday 2 July 2009.  The product of a two-year long inquiry commissioned by the Howard League for Penal Reform, the final report of the Commission on English Prisons Today takes a radical look at the purposes and limits of a penal system and how it should sit alongside other social policies.

Read the full press release

Do Better Do Less: The report of the Commission on English Prisons Today

Images from the launch

A short film from the launch

 

This independent Commission has been looking at the driving forces influencing change and practice including legislation, politics and the media.  It has considered the principles, purpose and limits of a penal system and how it should sit alongside other social policy strategies.  

The Commission has been prompting public debate using local and national media, consultation meetings with key players, seminars and public events including evidence sessions in public, feature articles, consultation papers, website consultations/questionnaires and other ways of engaging with people. 

Commissioners have made visits to explore new ideas and to see where effective and systemic change has been achieved. 

The Commission would like to thank all the trusts and individuals who have supported its work by giving their time and expertise and financial support. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking the Law Society Charity for its generous grant.