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Tackling prison overcrowdingBuild more prisons? Sentence fewer offenders?$
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Mike Hough, Rob Allen, and Enver Solomon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421104

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421104.001.0001

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Where now?

Where now?

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Tackling prison overcrowding

Rod Morgan

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the result of the seminar at King's College. This seminar tackled Lord Carter' dominant views in his Securing the future: i) the establishment of a permanent sentencing commission to provide a more structured sentencing framework; and ii) the creation of Titans, multi-functional prisons that can provide additional 2,500 prison places. In the seminar, the participants were divided into three groups: the Sentencing Guidelines Council, the Sentencing Advisory Panel, and the policy outsiders. While the knowledge of the policy developments on sentencing and prison population varied, two dominant opinions began to emerge: first, that the idea of a sentencing commission should receive serious consideration; and second, that the construction of Titan prisons should be removed. In addition to these dominant opinions, the seminar also pinpointed that the prison-population crisis was a predictable and predicted dilemma wherein the government had failed to heed the warnings or plan accordingly.

Keywords:   King's College, Securing the future, sentencing commission, creation of Titans, multi-functional prisons, Sentencing Guidelines Council, Sentencing Advisory Panel, Titan prisons, prison population

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