Prison is not the Solution; It’s the Problem


We have a justice system based on two-thousand-year-old principles of proportional revenge. It hasn’t worked and it’s not fair. It is time to abolish prisons and develop a new system of responding to social and personal conflict and misbehaviour.

Frances Crook was chief executive of campaigning charity the Howard League for Penal Reform from 1986 until 2021.

Frances Crook