Prison population hits new high
Saturday 08 August 2009
The prison population in England and Wales has risen to its highest ever figure, according to Ministry of Justice figures released yesterday.
There are now 84,150 inmates behind bars – a rise 3,000 in the last two years despite around 63,000 prisoners being released early from jail since June 2007.
Prisons are still 1,000 places below their capacity of 85,137, and the Government has pledged to increase this figure to 96,000 by 2014. But Juliet Lyon, director of the Prison Reform Trust, said: “It is difficult to see how Government can continue to waste billions building more prisons while ignoring the reasons why numbers have shot up. Investing in preventative work [with the vulnerable] would cut crime and improve public health at a fraction of the cost of vacuous prison-building.”
'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
Richard Dawkins says 'date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse' on Twitter
Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star dies at age 45 after suffering from cancer
Zayn Malik on Israel-Gaza: One Direction singer bombarded with Twitter death threats after posting #FreePalestine
MH17 crash: Black boxes show plane suffered 'massive explosive decompression' following shrapnel hit
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
- 1 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 2 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 3 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 4 Ebola virus: UK health officials issue warning to doctors as experts admit the outbreak 'is not under control'
- 5 Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star dies at age 45 after suffering from cancer
- < Previous
- Next >