I have attached below the full copy of the Secretary of States speech yesterday. There is clearly a real desire to do several things:
- address earned release, a system whereby prisoners can get in custody privileges and potential for earlier release based upon addressing long term literacy and skills deficiency.
- allow third sector and alternative providers to try and run a prison. Why does it have to be just the state or the private sector? Why can't a church or ARK or a charity run a prison?
The speech is worth a read to get the direction of travel. I applaud it wholeheartedly.