SHADOW justice secretary Richard Burgon warned of a crisis in the prison system yesterday as he accused the Tories of giving up on “meaningful reform.”
Mr Burgon was responding to the release of the Prison and Probation Ombudsman’s annual report which criticised the government for a “lack of action” over recommendations that were made last year.
The report highlighted a rise in self-harm and suicide in prisons with an increase in drug use among prisoners.
And it said prisons were expected to “deliver more with less,” pointing to the impact of austerity cuts.
Mr Burgon said: “Under the Tories, the prison system just seems to sink further and further into crisis, while ministers seem to have given up on any meaningful reform.”
He promised that Labour would increase the pay and numbers of prison officers making jails fit for purpose.