Nearly a quarter of all prisoners are forced to stay in overcrowded cells while serving their sentences, according to new figures released today.I suppose they couldn’t avoid it by…not committing crimes?
Just a thought…
The worst affected prison in England and Wales was Wandsworth, in south London, where on a typical day in 2012-2013, 835 inmates were forced to share cells which contained an open toilet, said the Howard League for Penal Reform.
The last prison inspectors’ report from 2011 said conditions for too many prisoners at the jail was “demeaning, unsafe and fell below what could be classed as decent” .As were the crimes for which they ended up behind bars, but then, why should the Howard League concern itself with those?
Because, of course, it’s them again:
Frances Crook, Howard League chief executive, said: “At last, we have the picture of the real state of overcrowding in our prisons. It’s far worse than anyone imagined: one in four people behind bars are packed like sardines into cramped cells.
“Staff cuts and overcrowding mean that grown men spend all weekend and up to 22 hours a day during the week cooped up like battery chickens. No wonder violence and self-injury is rife.
“If the Ministry of Justice is serious about reducing reoffending it must tackle overcrowding now.”If the horrors of having to share a cell aren’t cutting reoffending, why should making it more pleasant do the trick? Which is, thankfully, the robust response from the Prisons Minister:
Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright said: “Let’s be clear what overcrowding in prison actually means – typically it means having to share a cell rather than have one to yourself. Prisoners are treated humanely but prison is not somewhere that anyone should be comfortable about going back to.”Quite…