Prisons: planning and policies

Inquiry status: closed - report published

This is the Committee's first major inquiry on prison planning and policies of this Parliament and the current Government's programme of reforms and efficiency savings.

The inquiry does not consider the circumstances in which offenders should be sentenced to custody. The relationship between sentencing, prison policy and crime reduction has been considered by the Committee in other contexts, including in its current inquiry into Crime reduction: a coordinated approach?



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The Ministry of Justice works to protect the public and reduce reoffending, and to provide a more effective, transparent and responsive criminal justice system for victims and the public.

The National Offender Management Service is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Justice. Their role is to commission and provide offender services in the community and in custody in England and Wales, ensuring best value for money from public resources.