In the Media

Prison pilot leaving cells empty

PUBLISHED March 7, 2005

The government is doubling the number of courts offering Intermittent Custody Orders, even though it is leaving prison cells empty.

The pilot scheme allows prisoners to serve their sentences during the week or at the weekend. But Home Office figures reveal much of the accommodation is left vacant during the week.
This slack in the system contrasts with widespread prison overcrowding and the highest ever number of male inmates.