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The Conservatives get it wrong on prisons—again

The new prison reform white paper has rightly been met with scepticism

By Richard Burgon  

Secretary Of State For Justice Liz Truss is escorted around HMP Brixton by the Prison Governor David Bamford ©Dan Kitwood/PA Wire/PA Images

Last week’s Prison Safety and Reform White Paper was published in the face of a crisis engulfing our prison service. I said in the Commons Chamber that it was a Conservative-created cuts crisis, although the Secretary of State presiding over it—Liz Truss—refuses to admit it.

The root cause of the prison crisis is the political decision to cut…

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