Prison service resignation
Saturday 19 April 1997
In his resignation speech at the Edinburgh/Cambridge Society last night, Dr David Wilson, head of prison-officer and operational training for England and Wales, declared he could no longer be part of a process hijacked by the lowest form of politics, and obsessed with locking more and more people up. As well as the Conservative government, he attacked the media and television programmes such as Crimewatch for their obsession with violent crime and criminals. A Royal Commission would, he said, allow for rational, non-partisan debate, finding solutions that would "develop our nation rather than turn it into a Gulag".
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