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April 2014

Punishment without purpose

This report critically examines the changes to the Incentives and Earned Privileges (IEP) scheme introduces by the justice secretary Chris Grayling in 2013. In particular it criticises the changes as being broadly punitive in nature instead of endeavouring to make prisons places of fairness, decency and rehabilitation. The briefing highlights the impacts of the changes and calls for an urgent review of the new IEP scheme, with a renewed focus on ensuring effective rehabilitation and safe and decent conditions.