Violence and drug use have fallen at eight of England’s most challenging prisons in the 10 Prisons Project which Rory Stewart gambled his Prisons Minister role on last year.
The former Prime Minister hopeful had pledged to quit if the project failed to succeed in 12 months.
However, his metric for success was a little more vague – he told the BBC that a “significant” reduction in the number of assaults in prison, in the region of 10 to 25 per cent would suffice.
“The project’s findings will help decide how resources are invested, with prisons across the country getting similar airport-style security to clamp down on the drugs, weapons and mobile phones."@lucyfrazermp explains how the #10PrisonsProject will make all our prisons safer ???????? pic.twitter.com/cQLIg997lw
— Ministry of Justice (@MoJGovUK) August 22, 2019
But a year is a long time in politics – as we found out with our recent look at the housing minister merry-go-round. Stewart was moved to International Development Secretary in May before resigning from that role after losing out to Boris Johnson in the race for Number 10, despite winning the internet for his TV debate antics.
But new Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer, who took over from Robert Buckland in July, insisted that the results of the project were “encouraging” in the 10 prisons – Hull, Humber, Leeds, Lindholme, Moorland, Wealstun, Nottingham, Ranby, Isis and Wormwood Scrubs.