Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Prison Reform Trust report claims overcrowded jails 'more likely' to fail


Prison Reform Trust report claims overcrowded jails 'more likely' to fail The most overcrowded prisons in England and Wales are twice as likely to be rated as failing, a new report claims. According to the Prisons Reform Trust, nearly two thirds of prisons are overfull, with jails holding more than 10,000 inmates than they were built to. Of the 30 most crowded, 15 are rated as "of serious concern" or "of concern" - the two lowest performance ratings. The proportion is almost twice as high as the rest of the estate, with 31 of the 117 prisons being similarly rated. Prison overcrowding
85,000 prison population in England and Wales 
10,442 more people incarcerated than prison estate capable of housing
77 of 117 prisons are overcrowded 
20,000 people sharing a cell designed for fewer occupants Prison Reform Trust

The report, compiled from analysis of Ministry of Justice (MoJ) data, found the three most overcrowded prisons - Leeds, Swansea and Wandsworth - rated as "of concern".Five of the six jails whose performance is described as being "of serious concern" - Doncaster, Bristol, Isis, Hewell, and Wormwood Scrubs - are overcrowded.Only one of the eight prisons rated as having "exceptional performance" - Whatton - is overcrowded.