POA executive tells Johnson: “We don’t believe your prison pledges”

Members of the POA’s executive committee have given short shrift to the Prime Minister’s pledge to crackdown on drugs, weapons and phones in prison.

Boris Johnson on Tuesday announced a £100m investment to boost security and cut crime in jails, saying: “I don’t want to see prisons just being factories to turn bad people worse.”

The POA’s national executive committee met yesterday to discuss the proposals, and subsequently general secretary Steve Gillan tweeted: “POA members will treat the pledges with the contempt it deserves. We have heard it before from all political parties. Until you deliver we won’t believe you.”

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