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Prison Population 2022: Planning for the future

12 July 2018

The Justice Committee is holding an evidence session as part of its inquiry into Prison Population 2022: planning for the future.

Focus of the hearing

The purpose of this session is to examine three of the terms of reference for the inquiry:

  • What has led to the current size and make-up of the prison population? 
  • To what extent are these factors taken into account in prison population projections?
  • What impact does reducing reoffending by existing prisoners and those under the supervision of probation services have on the size and make-up of the prison population?

More specifically, the Committee will have the opportunity to discuss:

  • The impact of changes in sentencing legislation, sentencing guidelines and social factors on sentencing trends and the use of imprisonment
  • The nature and value of research on the effectiveness of sentencing
  • Potential measures for managing effectively the predicted growth in the prison population.


Wednesday 11 July 2018, The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 10.00am:

  • Lord Justice Treacy, Chair, Sentencing Council for England and Wales
  • Steve Wade, Head, Office of the Sentencing Council

At 10.45am

  • Richard Garside, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
  • Harvey Redgrave, Crest Advisory
  • What Works Centre for Crime Reduction, College of Policing

Attend the meeting

Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting. There is no system of tickets or advance booking for seats in the public section of the committee room, but there is normally no problem in seating all members of the public who wish to attend. Please advise security staff that you are attending a committee meeting and they will direct you. You should allow at least 20 minutes to go through security.

Further information

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