Prison inmates put in police cells

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The Independent Online
PRISONERS are overflowing into police cells in the north-west of England, it was disclosed last night, as the Government's latest policies on crime were condemned as 'crude polemics' in a report by the Howard League for Penal Reform, published today.

The numbers involved are small - just 17 turned away from Strangeways prison because of overcrowding and the ban on unpaid overtime by the Prison Officers Association - but they are likely to rise.

Latest figures show the prison population has risen steadily during the year - from 40,606 last December, to 47,388 last week.