Today Roberta spoke in Labour’s Opposition Day debate on prisons. This is an area that Roberta takes a great deal of interest in as there are 3 prisons in her constituency with a total population of over 2,000 prisoners and a significant number of staff.
Roberta focussed on the impact that the Government’s cuts are having on prisoner and staff health and wellbeing- particularly the significant fall in the number of prison officers since 2010.
In her speech Roberta pointed to the need to tackle recidivism and the role that education and skills can play in that. Roberta also highlighted the importance of having a specific strategy for women prisoners and the impact that custodial sentences can have on families.
You can read Roberta’s contribution at https://hansard.parliament.uk/search/MemberContributions?memberId=1501&type=Spoken