There are fewer than 100 whole-life tariff prisoners in British jails. That means that almost every single one of those 87,000 people currently inside will be released.
The penal service and how it deals with those in jail generates visceral responses.
You may take the view that sentences should be longer, that prison as punishment needs to punish more, that the population needs protecting. Or you might think the balance between jail time as deterrent and jail time as a chance for rehabilitation is wrong, because something bad has happened in the past to drive people there.
Regardless, the release is a fact. It’s inescapable.
There are a huge number of charities and organisations who work with prisoners, who attempt to help them on the inside so they are ready – and ready not to reoffend – when they get out. Many of these cover basic essentials like literacy programmes. Over half of prisoners are functionally illiterate. In the UK population as a whole around 16 per cent of people have very poor literacy ability.
Covid was as big a shock to those behind bars as to us outside
Obviously correlation is not causation. But come on, addressing this issue will clearly help those in jail and society as a whole.