Conservative speech on prisons

Secretary of State for Justice David Lidington’s full speech from the Conservative party conference is online. In the speech, he emphasised that prisons should be places of rehabilitation, introduced new security measures to prevent drugs entering prions and announced a £64 million investment into the Youth Justice estate. He officially launched the New Futures Network to help people with convictions into employment, and said “(There is) amazing work by charities, from women’s groups to churches to sports clubs to get them to see that there is a better way than going back to a life of crime. I want to see charities and voluntary groups, large and small, play an even stronger role as we move forward with our reforms.”

Read the speech here