The challenges of a ‘super prison’ – BBC News

The challenges of a ‘super prison’ – BBC News

The concept of super prisons is nothing new. A £2.9bn proposal for three 2,500-capacity “Titan” jails was considered and then scrapped by Labour in 2009.
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You can’t keep a bad idea down – The Economist

You can’t keep a bad idea down – The Economist

IN APRIL 2009 the Labour government dropped plans to build three “Titan” prisons housing 2,500 offenders each. Dominic Grieve, now attorney general but then a member of the Conservative front bench in opposition, asked Jack Straw, the home secretary of the day, whether he had run out of money or out of spin. Mr Straw said meekly that he had taken on board the negative views of most of the experts consulted. So it is a bit of a surprise today to hear Mr Grieve’s cabinet colleague Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, announce something very like a new Titan prison, with capacity for more than 2,000 inmates.
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Prison closures, the key questions – Channel 4 News

Prison closures, the key questions – Channel 4 News

Chris Grayling has announced plans to close six public jails in the biggest prison closure programme in decades. So where does that leave overcrowding? We answer a few key questions.
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Chris Grayling takes one step forward on probation, then one giant step back on jails – The Guardian

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According to the latest figures there are 83,632 people locked up in English and Welsh prisons. This is an obscenely large number that should shame the nation. It is almost double the number in jail when the last Conservative prime minister took office, and more per capita than any other country in western Europe.
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Prison closures: Super prison plan criticised – BBC News

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Seven prisons are to close and two more will be partially shut in England.
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Seven Prison Closures in England Announced – BBC News

Seven Prison Closures in England Announced – BBC News

Seven prisons are to close and two more will be partially shut in England.
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World at One – BBC Radio 4

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Roma Hooper talks to Martha Kearney about the planned closure of prisons and the building of a new ‘super prison’.

Listen to the interview.

Payment-by-results ‘could squeeze out’ vital prisoner rehab services – Civil Society

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Meeting a prisoner at the gates is not the only way to effectively reduce reoffending, says Vicki Prout, who warns that payment-by-results could lock out vital service providers.
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Roma Hooper speaks to Eddie Mair on Radio 4 about Cameron’s speech on Criminal Justice

Roma Hooper speaks to Eddie Mair on Radio 4 about Cameron’s speech on Criminal Justice

Listen to Roma speaking to Eddie Mair on Radio 4’s PM show (21mins in) talking about David Cameron’s recent speech on criminal justice and where community sentences need to fit in.

Roma talks to Russell Webster about Payment by Results

Roma talks to Russell Webster about Payment by Results

Russell Webster is making a series of short video interviews on payment by results. In his latest Roma Hooper, founder of Make Justice Work, gives her views on PbR in the criminal justice sector.
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