by Steve Beasant on 15 September, 2019
The following article was published today on the Lib Dem website.
Dignity and respect should be at the core of our criminal justice system.
This is crucial if we are serious about reducing reoffending rates, supporting young people who have grown up in poverty and caring for people with poor mental health.
No one is born wanting to break the law. And yet, our criminal justice system does far too little to help people build a life free from crime.
In the UK, we imprison more people than in any other country in Western Europe.
Prisons are badly overcrowded, with degrading and unsanitary conditions. Deaths, assaults, self-harm and drug use have all become far too common.
Prisons are failing in their central purpose: to rehabilitate prisoners so they don’t go on to commit more crimes.
We demand better.
The Liberal Democrats are determined to cut crime by taking a radical new approach to rehabilitation.
At our Autumn Conference we were proud to introduce a new holistic rehabilitation policy, based on our spokespeople’s paper Turning Lives Around. It calls for:
Our new policy will reduce the number of people unnecessarily in prison, help people to turn their lives around, and build safer communities with less crime.
This policy is broad and ambitious. To see the motion in full click here: https://www.libdems.org.uk/f12-rehabilitation-of-offenders