UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Prison ships proposal appalling says Howarth

Press Release   •   Jan 25, 2010 10:50 GMT

“The massive increase in prison building must cease and resources instead should be spent on sentences that actually reduce re-offending," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Justice Minister.

Commenting on today’s reports that the Tories are considering introducing prison ships, David Howarth said:

“I’m appalled by this prison ships proposal, which will be taking criminal justice policy back two hundred years.

“It is essential that the General Election doesn’t result in a pointless arms race about crime, which will only end with a criminal justice system that fails to do what works and lead to more crime not less.

“The massive increase in prison building must cease and resources instead should be spent on sentences that actually reduce re-offending.”