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We need to come up with pragmatic measures to stop reoffending

Tackling recidivism would save money - and lives, says Felix

22 October 2013

Monday morning and Vicky Pryce is being interviewed on the Today programme about her recent experience of prison, 
the criminal justice system 
and the economics of the custodial regime.

It is clear, she says, that conditions have improved in Holloway from where they were some years ago. It is clear as well, she says, that many of the inmates have significant histories that help explain how they come to be in prison, and it is clear from her experience that there must be other, more effective, more economic ways of dealing with offenders to try to avert reoffending.

A friend holds a senior position in a busy Accident and Emergency Department. His role includes liaising with local agencies (including the police) to try to reduce the prevalence of assaults and other physical trauma attributable to excessive alcohol intake. They identify obvious drinking hotspots, examine initiatives on drinks packaging, how glasses are designed and so on. They ...

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