In the Media

Top judge urges prisons rethink

PUBLISHED August 18, 2005

The most senior judge in England and Wales, Lord Woolf, wants more focus put on finding crime-fighting alternatives to sending offenders to prison.

Lord Woolf, shortly to retire as lord chief justice, writes in The Guardian "there is no alternative" to prison for serious and violent crimes.
But for many others prison may not be the best way "to turn people away from a life of crime" and cut reoffending.