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Agreed that reforms are essential but I think that the core problems in the system are not being addressed and may well be compounded by new developments. A genuine attempt to rehabilitate would not rely so heavily on demonising prisoners but instead would address a whole fabric approach. The big problem is that services don't join up and that the prison service has become a law unto themselves, often simply ignoring the recommendations of other agencies. The National Audit Office report examining value for money of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) prison estate strategy, published in December 2013, criticises NOMS for not taking into account the availability of offending behaviour programmes when closing prisons. Unacceptably large numbers of prisoners serving indeterminate sentences are held in prison longer because of a shortage of provision of sex offender treatment courses and other programmes. The report noted that this situation is exacerbated by the move towards larger prisons which NOMS is committed to in order to achieve economies of scale. Unless the whole picture is addressed we simply shift problems from one agency to another the results of which can be seen here, in an account of a prisoner who began his sentence as a child and 12 years later has still not been given the opportunity to complete any accredited courses or programmes and who has been detained in a high security prison for years after the Parole Board, Probation and NOMS all recommended down-categorisation and a move to a therapeutic community. http://adammac.co.uk/2013/12/09/a-man-without-a-past-a-boy-without-a-future/ What a tragic waste!

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