PCS prisons report launched in parliament

10 May 2018

PCS successfully launched our Alternative Vision for Prisons report in Parliament yesterday (Wednesday 9 May) with a cross-section of MPs in attendance.

The report uses the experience of our members who work as instructional officers (IOs) in prisons to make recommendations about how prisons can best support offenders to turn their lives around.

13 MPs came along to the briefing which was attended by PCS assistant general secretary, Chris Baugh and IO reps from the HM Prisons and Probation Service (HMPPS) branch.

The MPs were interested to hear examples of how giving prisoners meaningful training and employment can help rehabilitate them and reduce reoffending.

We told MPs that training delivery is too target focussed and not tailored enough towards individual’s needs. We recommend returning the provision of training workshops to HMPPS.

One of our other key recommendations made by the report is to review the HMPPS Policy Statement to include as its main aim that “Rehabilitation and the avoidance of recidivism is the focus of the agenda for the prison service.”

PCS representatives met with the new Prisons Minister on Tuesday to discuss the report along with Liz Saville-Roberts MP, the chair of the Justice Unions and Family Courts Parliamentary Group.

MPs have agreed to table an early day motion welcoming the recommendations put forward in the report and discussions were had about the potential for a parliamentary debate about the issues raised.

MPs in attendance

Name

Party

Constituency

Dan Carden

Labour

Liverpool, Walton

Richard Drax (representative)

Conservative

South Dorset

Vicky Ford

Conservative

Chelmsford

Yvonne Fovargue

Labour

Makerfield

Mary Glindon

Labour

North Tyneside

Kelvin Hopkins

Independent

Luton North

Karen Lee

Labour

Lincoln

Grahame Morris

Labour

Easington

Alex Norris

Labour Co-op

Nottingham North

Teresa Pearce

Labour

Erith and Thamesmead

Liz Saville-Roberts

Plaid Cymru

Dwyfor Meirionnydd

Mohammad Yasin

Labour

Bedford

 

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