The U.K. plans to overhaul its prisons and courts system in an effort to cut re-offending rates by giving prisoners better prospects after their sentences end.
Prison governors will be given “unprecedented freedom,” enabling them to make better educational provisions for prisoners, Queen Elizabeth II said Wednesday in a speech outlining the new legislative program of Prime Minister David Cameron’s government, the centerpiece of the State Opening of Parliament. The government will also ensure there is better mental-health provision for people in the criminal-justice system, she said.
“My government will legislate to reform prisons and courts to give individuals a second chance,” the queen said. “Old and inefficient prisons will be closed and new institutions built where prisoners can be put more effectively to work.”