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Richard Burgon responds to government plans to create 10,000 new prison places

Richard Burgon MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to government plans to create 10,000 new prison places, said “We’ve seen Tories before who talked tough on justice but failed to bring down the number of victims of crime.

“If Boris Johnson thinks that building more and more prisons will address this he is sadly mistaken.

“We need a government with a strategy to reduce the number of victims by addressing the causes of crime rather than simply repeating the mistakes of the past.”