Shabana has written for PoliticsHome on The Public Accounts Committee’s report into improving the prison estate.
“Inadequate planning, unrealistic assumptions and poor performance have all resulted in a Prison Service which operates hand to mouth, rather than with a view to a long term strategy.
“The Public Accounts Committee’s damning report on the prison estate will have come as no surprise to anyone who’s seen the state of prisons across the country. The government has been repeatedly warned that their actions will have consequences – and it’s something that we in Birmingham know all too much about.
“The 2018 report on the failings at Birmingham prison was utterly damning, with shocking accounts of prisoners living in squalor and degradation. But sadly, it seems wider lessons have not been learnt across the estate, and continued mismanagement has resulted in widespread problems…”