In the Media

Half of all prisons 'overcrowded'

PUBLISHED August 17, 2005

Over half the prisons in England and Wales are officially overcrowded, a penal reform group claimed as prison numbers reached an all-time high.

With a record prison population of 76,897, the Prison Reform Trust said 74 of 142 jails were operating at over the government's certified occupancy level.
And 15 had too many inmates to meet safe overcrowding limits, it added.