With the government’s latest plans to address our prisons crisis – the jailed population is at an all-time high, with as few as 550 spare places left in the system – justice secretary Alex Chalk asks us to believe the unbelievable.
Again, Chalk lauds his government’s efforts to return offenders on parole who breach their licence conditions to prison, even if it contributes to overcrowded jails. But it isn’t as if this didn’t happen before – and it’s also indicative of wider failures in the criminal justice system.
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