LETTERS: Lessons on prison policy

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From Mr A. N. Johnston, J.P.

Sir: When Lord Whitelaw was Home Secretary, he told the House of Commons that "conditions in many of Her Majesty's prisons are an affront to a civilised society and a continued threat to law and order".

In the light of your report (28 December) that the Prison Service is to jettison its policy on reducing cell overcrowding, and of the recent revelations of the conditions in Holloway, is there any hope that the present Home Secretary will learn from his predecessor before it is too late?

Yours faithfully,

A. N. Johnston

Sawston, Cambridgeshire

28 December