Being seen to be tough is superficially appealing, but prioritising solutions that actually work is a far better service to the public.
The Justice Secretary makes a good case that short prison sentences make reoffending worse. But he must persuade a sceptical public.
No less than the ERG, the group of three sees everything through the prism of Brexit – which, let it not be forgotten, they voted to support themselves.
After Brexit has been concluded this will be a key challenge for the Conservatives as the Party of law and order. Political correctness must not get in the way of effective policing.
A focus on formal qualifications is a good start, but surely any programme is incomplete if it doesn’t tackle the underlying drivers of hate crime.
The passengers on board this ship came with ambition, skills, and a desire to play a part in the UK’s reconstruction after World War Two.
The Prisons Minister says reducing the numbers incarcerated for under a year “would be good for public safety, good for the individuals and good for the prison system”.
After five different Secretaries of State in just over three years, the Ministry of Justice needs stability to take on a crucial task.
Many women’s lives could be transformed by the right approach – this issue must not be neglected or forgotten amid bigger and more newsworthy events.
That’s what Sarah Wollaston suggested on my show this week. Plus: my prison visit, sticking by your friends…and sticking with spending control in the Budget.
The Conservatives’ best chance of a majority is by winning over working class voters – who overwhelmingly and strongly oppose this daft policy.
David Lammy and the Social Mobility Commission both made a big splash on the basis of weak evidence and flawed assumptions.
Building up these vital links can both help individuals to reform and prevent their children following them into the prison system.
Incarcerating more criminals for longer has saved millions of people from becoming victims of crime.
There are sound, conservative reasons to take rehabilitation seriously.