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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

January 24, 2005: Prison Reform Trust Director Speaks

Commenting on the Home Office publication of long term prison population projections, Prison Reform Trust Director Juliet Lyon called on the Government to be ‘more robust in its efforts to drive down prison numbers and reduce social exclusion’. She commented:

"These revised Home Office projections are not as bad as they were and give the green light to improving community punishments rather than wasting public money increasing the number of prison places. But things are still not right. Twenty years ago the prison population was 46,000, ten years ago it was 66,000, now we can look forward to imprisoning up to 87,500 people by 2011. The startling increase is not in response to rising crime but to harsher sentences and the use of prison as a dumping ground for all those failed by other public services."

"Government could drive prison numbers right back down by diverting people who are mentally ill or addicted to drugs into the treatment they need, cutting any needless use of custodial remand, stepping up preventative work with children and families, improving community penalties for petty offenders, and the public and judicial confidence to go with it, and improving rehabilitation in prisons for serious offenders rather than simply increasing time behind bars."

On 21st January 2005 the prison population in England and Wales was 73,713. England and Wales has one of the highest imprisonment rates in western Europe. It has risen dramatically over the last five years. The number of prisoners in England and Wales has increased by more than 25,000 in the last ten years. The number of women in prison has more than doubled over the past decade.

In 2003-2004 it cost an average of £37,305 to keep a person in prison. Since 1995, over 15,200 additional prison places have been provided at a cost of more than £2 billion.