Criminal Justice groups urge Truss to continue reforms

Liz Truss - the new Justice Secretary


Key influencers from across the Criminal Justice sector have joined forces to pen a letter to the new Justice Secretary, Liz Truss, highlighting the need to continue with current reforms.


Upon her appointment as Justice Secretary, a wide range of people throughout the criminal justice sector joined forces to urge Liz Truss to continue the prison reforms identified in recent times. Recently identified reforms could bring enormously positive change to the system and the lives of prisoners and should remain integral to the Criminal Justice sector, no matter who is at the head.

The letter states:

"The prison reform agenda of the last year has gained extraordinary momentum. For the first time in a generation, we have an agenda for reform which broadly unites prison governors, charities and campaigners. This progressive approach will deliver local accountability, build job prospects, cut prisoner numbers, lift the aspirations of prison officers and put education and rehabilitation at the heart of our justice system.

"While we wait for the specifics of the autumn’s Prison Reform White Paper, a system built on these principles would be one Britain can be proud of. You have been given the opportunity to transform the future prospects of prisoners, the efficacy of prisons, protect the public and respect victims. We urge you to build on from the past year, listen to frontline experts and people who have been through the system themselves, and continue with these essential reforms."

Just some of the groups that signed off in support of this letter are the Howard League for Penal Reform, the Prisoner Learning Alliance and the Prisoners' Education Trust.

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