Saturday, April 1, 2023

“Make prisoners work” urges MP Metcalfe

MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Stephen Metcalfe rose on the floor of the House to urge against idleness of prisoners in jail.

Mr Metcalfe said: “Does my hon. Friend agree that it is entirely right to make prisoners work, and that the enforced idleness that there has been in prisons has to be reversed because that will lead to prisoners getting gainful employment on release?”

Jeremy Wright (Kenilworth and Southam, Conservative)

“I agree entirely with my hon. Friend. It is right, and it is what the public expect, that prisoners do something productive while they are in custody, rather than simply sitting around in their cells.

“That could involve a range of things such as work, education or drug treatment, but he is right that his constituents and mine would expect them to be doing something.”



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