Norfolk MP meets frontline justice staff in Norwich

Elizabeth Truss MP. Picture by Rob Howarth/Stella Pictures Ltd

Elizabeth Truss MP. Picture by Rob Howarth/Stella Pictures Ltd - Credit: Rob Howarth/Stella Pictures Ltd

The lord chancellor and Norfolk MP Liz Truss has met staff at Norwich Prison where she outlined her commitment to drive forward prison reform.

During her visit, Ms Truss, who became justice secretary in Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle, saw education and work facilities including maths and English classes and printing and textile workshops, aimed at giving prisoners the training and skills needed to prepare them for release.

After meeting prison staff, the South West Norfolk MP said: 'Our prisons need to be places of safety and reform, and I am committed to modernising our courts.'

She also toured Britannia House, where prisoners work on a voluntary basis or in paid employment at the prison's own café, before heading to Norwich Combined Court Centre where she met court staff and members of the judiciary, before seeing new court technology in action.

A new initiative she saw first-hand was the Crown Court Digital Case System which has been rolled out across all Crown Courts to improve efficiency by speeding up the sharing of evidence.

She also heard about the virtual remand courts which use video links to save transporting people.