What to do about prisons?

May 2018

Our esteemed panel of speakers (listed below) gathered together to present and debate the various different aspects of the current UK prison system. This was the final talk in the Winter 2017/18 series.

John Samuels QC, President, Prisoners' Education Trust
Eva Hamilton MBE, Founder & CEO, Key4Life
Peter Dawson, Director, Prison Reform Trust
Michael Corrigan, CEO, Prosper 4 Group

The speakers looked at various issues including: the employability of prisoners post-sentence; how to reduce reoffending; whether certain societal groups were ‘at risk’ of finding themselves in prison; and how this could be stopped. They discussed shocking statistics on suicide rates and self harm and finally, the astronomical public cost of keeping one person incarcerated for a year: £37,000. ’Offending’ costs the UK economy £16 billion every year.

Every member of the panel emphasised the importance of changing public attitudes towards the prison system. To drive this change, we must try to keep any discussion of the issues raised above at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

If you are interested in learning more about the prison system in the UK, please take a look at the Prison Reform Trust's '2017 Bromley Briefings Prison Factfile', which can be found here.