Overcrowded prisons are costing us dear

20 November, 2007 at 6:08 pm Leave a comment

Lord Phillips, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, last week admitted that prison overcrowding is at a critical level because of the government’s sentencing policy.

Earlier this year, there was controversy when cells at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court were used to hold prisoners because of overcrowding at Pentonville. Liberal Democrats have revealed that using court cells costs the taxpayer around £1,800 a time – more than a night at the Ritz.

Bridget says, “Prisons are full of people who shouldn’t be there in the first place, while dangerous criminals are let out early to ease overcrowding. It’s a mess, and it puts Islington communities under pressure.

“We need treatment for addicts and the mentally ill; community sentences for petty crime; and proper sentences for the worst crimes.”

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