The prison population in England and Wales has reached a record of 86,842, the Ministry of Justice has said.
The data shows inmate numbers are just higher than the previous record of 86,821 set two weeks ago.
Numbers were said to have been boosted in the wake of arrests after the riots in England last month.
The usable capacity of prisons is 88,628 and ministers said there would be enough places for held as a result of the violence and looting.
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