Prison Rehabilitation not Recidivism: Starting from within Prison Walls

Jessica Kimbell, GovNet
Oct 23, 2023

Members of the criminal justice sector share their insights and opinions on how to improve rehabilitation in prisons, focusing on key topics including:

  • The £156m cash boost for prisons across England & Wales, designed to assist in the essential maintenance of the prison estate
  • Piloting cutting edge technology across the country to increase prisoners’ access to vital services and reduce pressure on prison & healthcare staff; including virtual GP clinics, automatic drug dispensing and data sharing between custody & community settings
  • Emphasizing the contribution of self-service software toward the efficient running of prisons and the successful rehabilitation of offenders
  • Understanding the limitations of prison rehabilitation programmes and the work which desperately needs to be continued outside of bars in order to improve reintegration back into society



Our panel for this discussion consists of:

David Ormerod QC, Professor of Criminal Justice, UCL
Pia Sinha, Acting Deputy Director – Probation Reform Programme, Probation Directorate, HMPPS
Mark Johnson, CEO & Founder, User Voice
Ann Caple, UK Account Director, Ministry of Justice, Unilink
Sophie Otter, Deputy Director Digital Prison Services (interim), MOJ Digital & Technology