Letter : Rise in crime is not just in the mind

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Sir: Both recently released sets of crime statistics show an increase in recorded crime. The Director General of the prison service warns that his service is reaching crisis point as the prison population rises. Additional prisons cost millions of pounds to build, and take years to become operational.

The use of weekend prisons has always been rejected by this government. As well as depriving the individual of liberty at weekends, it would allow a person to remain in employment and in their family, thereby fulfilling the Government's stated aim of promoting family values.

JOHN BUDD

Great Yeldham, Essex

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