There are six prisons in the county of Lancashire, with just over 4,000 total.
If we jailed a similar proportion of the population to the United States, that figure would not be 4,000, but 20,000.
There’d be a prison in every town in the county – including Burnley, Accrington, and Blackburn – and some would be huge.
So much [...]
It’s the end of the first term of this Conservative/Liberal Democrat government.
It’s been fascinating but above all extraordinary, as these two parties have entered a new upside-down world.
Take penal policy. I am tough on crime, as well as tough on the causes of crime.
What I could guarantee as a Minister is that whatever we did on [...]