Yesterday's Politics Show covered a paper I have written entitled 'Making Our Communities Safer'.
My argument is that the criminal justice system is not working and so should be devolved to Wales. Overcrowding in prisons has reached an all-time high and imprisonment rates in England and Wales are higher than other comparative Western European countries. By devolving criminal justice to Wales we could take a completely different approach, tacking the causes-not just the symptoms- of crime.
The Howard League for Penal Reform have said that "we were recently in Scotland, where criminal justice is devolved, and we were greatly impressed with the enthusiasm of the Scottish justice minister, Kenny MacAskill. We do believe that devolving criminal justice will usher in more innovative thinking and allow Wales to get off the runaway train to disaster which is Westminster's current prisons policy."
The One Wales programme has a commitment to examining the evidence for the devolution of the criminal justice system, and my paper represents Plaid Cymru's contribution to that evidence. Above all, I hope that this sparks debate around the issue because it is an area where we could really make progress for Wales.
You can read the discussion paper here. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, including your postal address if you would like a hard copy.
Readers may also be interested in Andy Newman's analysis of my report over at Socialist Unity.