In the Media

Prison numbers continue to climb

PUBLISHED May 31, 2005

The prison population in England and Wales has reached more than 76,000 for the first time on record.

For the third consecutive week the number of people in prison has reached an all-time high - up 158 on last week to 76,035, the Home Office said.
Earlier, the Prison Service said the total was 75,058 five months ago, followed by a seasonal dip to just over 74,000 after Christmas.