Kenneth Clarke, the Home Secretary, announced the new appointment yesterday, in a move which some pressure groups suggested was timed to deflect criticism of prison service management by Judge Stephen Tumim, the Chief Inspector of Prisons.
The judge's report, which proposes a major reorganisation, a reallocation of inmates and a new approach to management, criticised the service for drifting. 'We believe that prisons and the work of those who staff them has suffered for nearly 30 years from a lack of purpose . . ,' it said.
Mr Clarke's announcement, in answer to a parliamentary question yesterday, will answer a major source of grievance to prisoners - no independent consideration of complaints about the system and their treatment.Reuse content