In the Media

Women prisoners moved to tackle packed jails crisis

PUBLISHED March 15, 2004

Two women's jails are to be converted into prisons for men in a last-ditch attempt to counter the overcrowding which threatens to plunge Britain's penal system into its greatest crisis in a decade.

As the prison population rose above 75,000 for the first time ever this weekend, the Home Office prepared to ship hundreds of women from Winchester in Hampshire and Edmunds Hill in Suffolk to packed jails in the rest of the country.