Liz Truss: She may be Justice Secretary but she is offering no justice to hard-pressed prison officers [Image: PA].

It’s all very well Liz Truss saying there should be no “dangerous quick fix” solutions to problems in prisons – but privatisation, with accompanying job cuts to boost profitability, was the worst “quick fix” of all and she isn’t on the verge of reversing it.

The problems at HMP Northumberland, documented on the BBC’s Panorama last night, could all be said to stem from a lack of enough prison officers.

The Ministry of Justice has agreed to investigate the report’s findings – but that does not mean anything will be done.

Yesterday’s speech by Ms Truss offered nothing to help beleaguered prison officers in Northumberland or elsewhere.

Instead it concentrated on box-ticking efforts like having a beefed up prisons inspectorate “with teeth” so that the justice secretary can be held to account over its recommendations; improving rehabilitation programmes; and getting more targeted help for drug offenders.

She also said she would not change the rules around indeterminate sentences for public protection. Had this been requested, at all?

Prison numbers cannot be cut with “dangerous quick fix” solutions, the justice secretary has said.

Liz Truss said the overcrowding is down to more criminals serving time for violence and sex crimes.

She called for early interventions and better reforms but not shorter sentences, after a BBC investigation revealed chaos at one jail.

The Howard League said the problems uncovered were seen in “almost every prison in the country”.

Source: Liz Truss: No ‘quick fix’ to cut prison population – BBC News

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