The report was written by Jonathan Aitken who was jailed for perjury in 1999
A report by the Centre for Social Justice said that the public could save £246 million a year by releasing 7,000 prisoners who pose “no more than minimal risk to the life or limb of the public”.
The report reads: “It is our view that such a lowering of the numbers held in custody would assist with reducing overcrowding and mitigating the shortage of prison staff.
“It would, therefore, aid in the creation of opportunities for genuinely rehabilitative work in custody: education, vocational training and addressing substance misuse would all be enhanced.
“The fruits of such rehabilitative opportunities would be seen in a lowering of the numbers returning to custody through reoffending in the future. Furthermore, a reduction in re-offending would contribute positive advantages to the community.”
The report is written by a retired judge and a former cabinet minister who is now a campaigner for prison reform, Jonathan Aitken – who was jailed for perjury in 1999.
The report called “Rehabilitation Revolution” claims there is “widespread erosion of morale across all areas of the criminal justice system” which is stopping the rehabilitation of prisoners.
Some of the prisoners the report says should be released early are:
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– Around 500 prisoners serving Imprisonment for Public Protection sentences who have been in prison for longer than the minimum term and for longer than the maximum fixed sentence.
– Inmates who have been identified with an incurable and progressive disease.
– Elderly prisoners who are no longer suitable for confinement, who have already served the punitive element of their sentence and who pose no more than a minimal risk to the public.
– Prisoners who have been recalled to courts for "minor" offences.
– The report claims that successive Governments have failed to live up to promises on rehabilitating criminals.
The report claims there is widespread erosion of morale in the criminal justice system
The report adds: “The rehabilitation revolution requires a reboot. The political and public consensus that rehabilitation is a vital and necessary part of an effective criminal justice system remains intact and the government should seek to turn this ambition into a reality.”
The prison population has doubled since the early 1990s and is currently around 85,000.
Prisons minister Sam Gyimah welcomed the CSJ report, he said: ”The work to make our prisons true places of reform and rehabilitation is already well under way and will continue unabated.
Prisons minister Sam Gyimah welcomed the CSJ report
"Prison officer recruitment numbers are at their highest since records began, a further 738 job offers have been made to potential recruits who are expected to start after June 2018 – giving a boost to the front line.
"We are reforming probation and continue to work with Community Rehabilitation Companies to ensure they deliver probation services which reduce reoffending, protect the public and help offenders contribute to society."
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