The Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, answered questions from the Justice Select Committee today.
The video link below will take you to the full hour and a half speech, so here are a few highlights:
- The rehabilitation revolution had been made difficult by circumstances in prisons, and reoffending rates aren’t improving.
- Michael Spurr (CEO, NOMS) has been impressive at reducing costs whilst safeguarding prisoners.
- Harris Review and HMIP report make challenging reading. Not willing to accept recommendations from Harris Review yet as waiting for answers to his own concerns
- Work and education in prison are influential in rehabilitation, and giving governors greater autonomy might address this.
- Advances in technology (tags, GPS monitoring) might convince the public that community sentencing can work.
- He linked violence in prisons directly to drugs in prisons.
- He believes young people in gangs are from ‘disrupted homes’.
- Discussions with the Department for Education about intervention and the numbers of ‘looked after’ children in the justice system.
Watch the full video (1:30hr) here