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Marian FitzGerald

Marian FitzGerald is a visiting research professor at the LSE’s Mannheim Centre. From 1988 to 1999 she worked in the Research and Statistics Directorate of the Home Office.

The Great Prison Disaster

Marian FitzGerald, 18 December 2003

In 1995 Michael Howard, the Tory Home Secretary, dismissed Derek Lewis from his post as Director General of the Prison Service and appointed David Ramsbotham Chief Inspector of Prisons. Lewis then wrote a book about his experience – Hidden Agendas: Politics, Law and Disorder (1997) – which reflects very badly on Howard. Ramsbotham’s departure six years later was less...

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