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1 Nov 2018

Howard League responds to Health and Social Care Committee report on prison health

The Howard League for Penal Reform has responded to the Health and Social Care Committee’s report on prison health, published today (Thursday 1 November).

Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “This is an important report by the Health and Social Care Committee, whose interest in the issue of prison health arose from productive meetings with the Howard League.

“In prisons, as they are at the moment, it is impossible to lead a healthy lifestyle. Prisoners cannot get good food. They rarely see daylight or breathe fresh air. There are few opportunities to exercise. Positive relationships are stunted.

“A change in culture is urgently needed to ensure that people in prison can live and work in a healthier environment.”

Notes to editors

  1. The Howard League for Penal Reform is the oldest penal reform charity in the world. It is a national charity working for less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison.
  1. The Health and Social Care Committee’s report on prison health will be available from Thursday 1 November on the HM Inspectorate of Prisons website.
  1. The Howard League’s submission to the committee’s inquiry into prison health can be read online.


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