In the Media

Focus call on poverty crime link

PUBLISHED January 25, 2005

A former Scottish prison governor has called for a reduction in the number of criminal offences punishable by jail.

Roger Houchin, who used to run Barlinnie in Glasgow, wants a radical rethink of the justice system to break the link between poverty and prison.
He has carried out a study which found that a significant proportion of prisoners came from some of the most deprived communities.