Does prison work?

Private roundtable seminar with Michael Spurr CB, Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), on “Does prison work?”.

At Reform’s “Crime, justice and safer communities” conference in July, Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP said, “Does prison work? Yes. But the point is it doesn’t work well enough.” As the prison population continues to rise and recidivism rates remain stubbornly high, it has never been more important to assess what works, and why. While it is asserted that prison should be reserved for the most serious, violent and prolific offenders, questions remain over the composition of our current prison population. Equally in such a challenging period of budget constraint and capacity pressure in prisons, resource allocation to prisons may hinge on the prevailing judgement of their effectiveness.

Reform will bring together a senior group of 18-20 policymakers, officials, practitioners and industry leaders to discuss these themes. The discussion will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

Please be aware that places at this event are limited and attendance will be confirmed by email.


020 7799 6699

12 November 2014
15.30 - 17.00