Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Prisons in England and Wales - priorities for reform following the White Paper

Thursday, 20th April 2017

Central London


The discussion is timed as Government takes forward key measures outlined in its recent Prison Safety and Reform White Paper - including proposals to invest in estate modernisation, publish prison performance data, and deliver greater governor autonomy - and will bring out latest thinking on their long-term implications for standards, governance and safety across the prison estate. The conference is also scheduled to facilitate discussion on the Justice Committee’s current inquiry into Government’s prison reform agenda, which is expected to report later this year.

In the context of ongoing concerns surrounding the rise of violence in prisons, sessions are expected to focus on what can be done to improve safety in custody, looking in particular at new proposals to tackle drug abuse and gang violence. Delegates will also have the opportunity to discuss whether increased powers for prison governors, alongside Government’s £1.3bn estate modernisation programme and commitment to recruit 2500 new prison officers by 2018, can drive standards across key performance indicators - with perspectives on the next steps for improving the education, skills, safety and health of those within custody.

This conference will bring together members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with prison governors and staff representatives, local government officials, service and outsourcing providers, charities, employers, training providers, health practitioners and service-user networks, as well as academics and reporters from the national and trade press.

Guest of Honour

Bob Neill MP

Chair, Justice Select Committee

Guest of Honour

Bob Neill MP

Chair, Justice Select Committee

Keynote Speakers

Peter Clarke

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Andrea Albutt

President, Prison Governors Association


Peter Allan

Business Development Manager, Alere Technology

Jeremy Crook

Director, Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG)

Peter Cox

Managing Director, Novus, LTEgroup

Steve Gillan

General Secretary, POA