Wales has 'highest imprisonment rate' in western Europe

Wales has the highest imprisonment rate in western Europe, new research has claimed.The Wales Governance Centre's analysis of official figures also reveals average custody rates are higher than in England for a number of different groups and offences.In particular, non-white Welsh prisoners are overrepresented in prison.Report author Dr Robert Jones said this was a major cause of concern."Equally disturbing is that such an alarming trend has emerged in Wales without detection," his report concluded."This undoubtedly calls into question the role being played by UK justice agencies in Wales as well as civil society organisations and academic researchers."This is the first time Wales has been analysed separately and Dr Jones said wider research was now needed.