The biggest structural reform of the prisons system for more than a century

Her Majesty the Queen will announce the biggest structural reform of the prisons system for more than a century.

This is a One Nation Queen’s speech from a One Nation Government. It sets out a clear programme of social reform, so we break down the barriers to opportunity and extend life chances to all. Prisons must do more to rehabilitate offenders. For too long, we have left our prisons to fester.

Not only does that re-inforce the cycle of crime, increasing the bills of social failure that taxpayers must pick up. It writes off thousands of people. We will put governors in charge, giving them the autonomy they need to run prisons in the way they think best. By trusting governors to get on with the job, we can make sure prisons are places of education, work and purposeful activity. These reforms will reduce re-offending, cut crime and improve public safety.

This is a Government, and this is a country, that sees the best in all, and wants to give everyone the chance to rise up and make the most of themselves.  So today, we start the long-overdue, long-needed change that our prisons need. No longer will they be warehouses for criminals; they will now be places where lives are changed

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