" IF OUR prison arrange
-aments are to become worthy of a Christian country they must receive a higher priority in our national thinking," said Lord Pakenham during the House of Lords debate following Her Majesty's Speech from the Throne.
Those interested in penal reform. he stated earlier, were undoubtedly pleased to find a reference to it in the Queen's speech.
The actual language used in this reference was found rather disquieting by Lord Pakenham. "We are told that the Government will continue to pay particular attention to penal reform." he said.
"One asks: when did this particular attention begin?" The subject of penal reform had been debated in the Lords twice in the past two years. and hardly a good word had been said by anyone for the
Lord Pakenham regretted that !hare was nothing in the Quiecti speech about the Wolfendcn — which is to be debated on December 4 -and about aftercare, which he described as having "'out-Cinderella'd' Cinderella." " If our Prison Service js last in the queue," he stated " after-care cannot be said to have got into the queue at all." He ended by referring to sentencing policy — a field in which he hoped for deeds as well as words before long — and the need for criminological research. He trusted that the "imaginative programme of research" mentioned in the Queen's speech would involve the spending next year of a larger sum than the £3.350 earmarked for the current year.