Conditions at a grossly overcrowded Victorian city centre prison are so unsafe that prisoners are too frightened to leave their wings to go to work, the chief inspector of prisons has warned.
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Four prisons are to be taken over by the private sector, the Ministry of Justice has announced, in a controversial move minsters claim will save millions of pounds.
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“With payment by results, your money goes into what works: prisoners going straight, crime coming down, our country getting safer.”
David Cameron, 22 October 2012
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The prime minister’s speech yesterday was a well-meaning attempt to strike a reasonable note on the perennial hot topic of crime, but it was one which failed to satisfy either the ‘bang ‘em up’ brigade or those who champion significant penal reform.
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In a major speech on the Government’s approach to the criminal justice system, the Prime Minister said that he wanted a ‘tough but intelligent’ response to offending.
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The chief inspector of prisons in England and Wales has warned that the abuse of prescription drugs in jails has become a major concern.
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Six out of ten jails are holding too many inmates, campaigners claimed last night.
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Nearly two-thirds of prisons in England and Wales are operating at an overcrowded level, reformers have warned.
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The Ministry of Justice must do more to stop reoffending in England and Wales including giving probation more importance, MPs have said in a report.
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NEW figures show more than half of inmates on short-term sentences in the three main Lancashire jails reoffend within a year.
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THE number of prisoners in Scotland has reached record levels, according to new figures.
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