Home Affairs and Justice

Improving home affairs and criminal justice policies is a major public policy challenge. Police forces need continued reform and more effective collaboration, prisons face high incarceration and reoffending rates, and the borders are increasingly under pressure and must prepare for the outcomes of Brexit.

Reform undertakes work on how the right workforce, performance measures, devolved structures and technology can support services through these challenges.

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Welcome X-ray scanners will ‘get the ball rolling’ but aren’t a silver bullet for prison security, says think tank

Welcoming an announcement from the Prisons and Probation Minister that 16 prisons will receive x-ray scanners, Aidan Shilson-Thomas, Reform Criminal Justice Lead, said:

“This is a welcome announcement which will get the ball rolling on stabilising the system.

“The decision to start with local prisons, which are usually easier to smuggle drugs and contraband into, is a good one. However, the MoJ must ensure that the prisons have the resources to staff these new measures.

“For drug use, tackling the supply is only half the battle. Inspectorate surveys reveal that the proportion of prisoners developing a drug problem behind bars is almost 15 per cent. The next step must be to help prisoners struggling with addiction, which in turn will reduce prison violence and reoffending.”

Covered by ITV News and The Yorkshire Post.