Prisons in ParliamentPosted: November 9, 2015
Prisons to have “new and unremitting emphasis on rehabilitation and redemption” says Gove
Prisons in Parliament brings you up-to-date on the last week of politics and prisons. What’s been said? And by whom? Get it all here.
Prison governors: who is accountable?
Andrew Rosindell (Conservative) asked Michael Gove what his policy is on the level of autonomy provided to prison governors.
I believe that prisons need a new and unremitting emphasis on rehabilitation and redemption. The best way to secure that is to give greater freedoms to prison governors. I would like to give governors more flexibility in managing their budgets and overseeing work and education in custody. With greater freedom must come sharper accountability, so that governors are held to account for their prison’s performance.
Employment for ex-offenders
Seema Kennedy (Conservative) asked what plans there were to encourage more businesses to employ ex-offenders
In the Employers Forum for Reducing Reoffending, we have around 200 employers who are positive about employing ex-offenders… Community rehabilitation companies should play an important role in making links with businesses locally to help ex-offenders to get jobs.
Plans for the prison estate
Stephan Metcalfe (Conservative) asked what plans there were to improve the prison estate.
Our current prison estate is overcrowded and out of date. We will close ageing and ineffective Victorian prisons and replace them with buildings fit for today’s demands. We will invest the money raised in a high-quality, modern prison estate, with facilities for training and rehabilitation, and where the dark corners that facilitate bullying, drug taking and violence can increasingly be designed out.
Transgender treatment in the criminal justice system
Lord Marks of Henley on Thames asked what the current policy on the treatment of transgender individuals is in the criminal justice system.
Prisoners are normally placed according to their “legally recognised gender”. The guidelines allow, however, some room for discretion and in such cases senior prison management will review the circumstances with relevant experts to protect the prisoner’s safety and well-being, and those of other prisoners.