New government must reassess its criminal justice policy

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7089.1281a (Published 26 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1281
  1. Tom McClintock, Lecturer in forensic psychiatrya
  1. a Crozier Terrace Medium Secure Unit, Hackney Hospital, London E9 6BE

    Editor—Those who provide medical and psychiatric care to offenders see their work influenced not just by the health policies of the main political parties but by the parties' criminal justice policies. The cornerstone of the Conservatives' policy on law and order since 1993 has been the non-apologetic endorsement of imprisonment, based on the assertion that “prison works.” Since 1992 the prison population in England and Wales has increased by half to its current level of almost 60 000. This trend is likely to continue: proposals from …

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