Source: (1999) In , Community Safety, Citizenship and Social Inclusion. Chilton, Buckinghamshire, UK: Thames Valley Partnership. Pp. 12-16. Downloaded 29 January 2004.

In his speech honoring the Thames Valley Partnership, the Right Honorable Lord Hurd observes how diverse the criminal justice system is in England. It does not operate under a single, centralized authority. It consists of many components from the government and the voluntary sector, and ranges from local to regional to national structures. The diversity is good because it encourages local experimentation. Lord Hurd applauds the Partnership for being a leader in this experimentation and cross-fertilization of ideas and innovations. With all of this in mind, and on the basis of his being chair of the Prison Reform Trust, Lord Hurd then sketches developments concerning non-custodial sentences, prison regimes, crime prevention, and victim support.