In the Media

Prisons 'bursting at the seams'

PUBLISHED March 14, 2005

Prisons in England and Wales are "bursting at the seams" with more than half suffering overcrowding, the Howard League for Penal Reform has claimed.

A report by the organisation says the prison population has reached an all-time high of 75,479 inmates.
Leicester Prison is the most overcrowded with 90% more inmates than it has places for, followed by Preston which has 80% and Shrewsbury at 73%.