In the Media

Cash crisis prompts spending freeze at prisons

PUBLISHED December 10, 2004

Emergency cuts in spending on jails could lead to riots and suicides among inmates, prison authorities were warned as they ordered urgent action to combat a financial crisis.

Governors have been told to tighten their belts immediately because the Prison Service is heading for a £31m deficit this year. There will be an immediate freeze on staff and on repairs to dilapidated cells.