Queen's Speech 2016: PwC comments on the Prison and Courts reform bill

Published at 17:35 PM on 18 May 2016

Commenting on the Prison and Courts reform bill in today's Queen's Speech, Roland Sonnenberg, PwC partner, said:

"What we have seen in today’s Queen’s Speech is a two-pronged attack to address the issues of too high a population in prisons and rising re-offending rates by giving Governors complete control over their budgets and improving the prison estate by rebuilding.

"The renewed focus on education, care and mental health provision - or as the Prime Minister put it, turning prisoners into “potential assets to be harnessed" – is aimed at lowering the prison population and ensuring when people leave prison they don’t go back.

"While the benefits of increased local accountability and flexibility are maturing in other parts of the public sector, this still represents a significant step for a historically more centrally run and standardised prison system."



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