How should the prison system be changed?
In a Green Paper announced today, the justice secretary said there would be extra help to deal with inmates' drug and alcohol addiction and greater emphasis on treating mental illness and preparing those released from prison for a productive later life.
Sue Hall, chair of the Probation Chiefs Association, said "The reality is that straight punishment in prison may make the public feel better but it doesn't work in relation to reoffending."
What do you think of the planned reforms? Do you work within the prison system? Are too many people being sent to prison? Are community sentences an effective way to deal with reoffending?
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