More than a quarter of all prisoners in England and Wales are held in prisons built in the Victorian era.
“They’re going grey in the face and are constantly tired and worn out. They haven’t had any sunlight.”
The Centre's Research Analyst, Matt Ford answers questions on UK's "skyrocketing" prison population and government prison building programme.
The interview, appearing in Sputnik News last week by Mohamed Elmaazi covers the general state of prison conditions, the politics of the prison building programme and realistic alternatives to imprisonment.
On the subject of alternatives to imprisonment, Matt said:...
The national newspaper for prisoners and detainees, Inside Time, has referenced our work on the prison population.
“Mum phones every day. I cannot explain how it makes me feel. It makes me feel sad and confused”.
The keen-eyed prison population watchers amongst you will have noticed the sharp fall in the prison population since the pandemic took hold.
At a time of spending cuts and continued increases to inequality, a new report argues the prison population is likely to rise further, despite the coalition's expressed aim to contain and manage prison numbers.