UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Tom Brake welcomes Coalition plans for prisons

Press Release   •   Oct 06, 2010 10:46 BST

"The announcement made today by Ken Clarke is very welcome for victims, prisoners and society. As the Liberal Democrats have long advocated, this will make make prison work to turn people away from a life of crime."

Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Home Affairs and Justice Parliamentary Committee Tom Brake has welcomed Justice Secretary Ken Clarke’s plan to introduce a work culture into the prison system.

Mr Clarke told the Conservative party conference today that inmates will be expected to work a 40 hour working week and will be offered training with the prospect of a job on release. Some of the money generated would be used to finance crime victims' funds.

Commenting on the Justice Secretary's speech Mr Brake said

"The announcement made today by Ken Clarke is very welcome for victims, prisoners and society. As the Liberal Democrats have long advocated, this will make make prison work to turn people away from a life of crime.

"By equipping prisoners with the skills they can use to get real jobs after they have served their time, the Coalition will turn prisons from colleges of crime into places of work.

"The creation of community sentences that serve as genuine alternatives to short-term prison sentences will ensure that people are not only punished for their crimes but are also making positive contributions to their communities.

"This is a real plan to slash re-offending rates and give people a way out of criminal behaviour."