Speech on the Prisons and Courts Bill

SJT_RB_PCB_2Rg2400x300.pngOn 20th March I spoke in the Commons at the Second Reading of the Prisons and Courts Bill.

In it I set out how the bill comes at a time of crisis both in the prison service and in our courts and tribunals and that while there was much to support in the bill, it should have done much more.

That is why I set out how our prisons are suffering from overcrowding, violence and a failure to reform, whilst our courts have been hit by a cocktail of closures, legal aid cuts and tribunal fees and that that was the backdrop to the bill, which its content fails to address. 

Labour will be pursuing amendments at the Committee Stage to improve the Bill.

READ my contribution here

WATCH my contribution here

 


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