Bishop for Prisons responds to Justice Secretary Michael Gove’s recent speech at the Conservative Party Conference

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Bishop Richard Moth, Bishop for Prisons for the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has commended Prime Minister David Cameron and Justice Secretary Michael Gove for their speeches at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester focusing on prison reform.

“It is extremely encouraging to hear the Prime Minister and Justice Secretary placing such a strong emphasis on the need to make our prisons places of rehabilitation, reform and redemption.

“Prisons are an integral part of our criminal justice system, but far too many men and women spend whole days locked in their cells without anywhere near enough access to education, training, chaplaincy, restorative justice programmes or the other opportunities necessary to turn their lives around.

“I am in no doubt about the scale of challenges facing us but am looking forward to working with the government as together we seek to improve our prisons for the common good of all our society.”

The Right Reverend Richard Moth
Bishop for Prisons
Bishop of Arundel and Brighton

Related Speeches

Michael Gove’s speech

David Cameron’s speech