Skip Content

While you’re here, can you help support our work by making a donation?

Donate close-circle

7 Feb 2020

Howard League responds to National Audit Office report on improving the prison estate

The Howard League for Penal Reform has responded to the National Audit Office’s report on improving the prison estate, published today (Friday 7 February).

The report concludes that the government is failing to provide and maintain safe, secure and decent prisons and its flagship initiatives to address this have not delivered.

Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “Anyone who is serious about trying to fix the problems in our prisons should read this report. It shows what happens when political rhetoric meets reality, and points to the challenges that lie ahead if ministers continue to pursue unrealistic targets.

“We need to change direction to tackle these issues, reduce crime and move forward as a nation. Building more jails will only lead to history repeating itself, with problems on an even bigger scale.

“The solution begins with a commitment to scrap short sentences and put fewer people behind bars. By reducing demand on the system, we can start to turn lives around, protect staff and make communities safer.”

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. Improving the prison estate can be viewed on the National Audit Office website from Friday 7 February.

Contact

Rob Preece
Campaigns and Communications Manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 7241 7880
Mobile: +44 (0)7714 604955
Email: robert.preece@howardleague.org

ISDN line available on 020 7923 4196 – uses a G722 system

For enquiries outside normal office hours, please call +44 (0)7918 681094

  • Join us

    Add your voice to our movement for change. Every voice counts and we hope that you will add yours.

    Join us today
  • Support our work

    Everything we do is focused on achieving less crime, safer communities, fewer people in prison. We need you to act now for penal reform.

    Ways to support