In the Media

Too many jailed, says prison boss

PUBLISHED August 22, 2005

The governor of Brixton Prison has said too many people are being locked up in London and not enough is done to curb re-offending.

John Podmore told BBC News coping with overcrowding was putting pressure on the south London jail.
Too often offenders are sent to prison because there is nowhere else for them to go, he said.
He believes those with drug or mental health problems could be dealt with better in the community.