Another week, another blistering account of the failures of the justice system. This time the Prisons Inspectorate lays bare the fact that remand prisoners, those who are awaiting their trial or sentence, are on the whole treated worse than convicted prisoners, despite the longstanding principle that they should be accorded greater rights and entitlements. Of those individuals remanded to custody 17% will go on to be acquitted and a further 24% will receive a non-custodial sentence. That is some 30,000 prisoners released each year after trial.
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