Justice Secretary says there’s no quick fix to cut prisoner numbers

The Justice Secretary Liz Truss has said that growing prison populations shouldn’t be cut by making sentences shorter and that the bigger numbers of prisoners is due to more criminals serving time for violence and sex crimes.

With the most recent figures putting the population of inmates in England and Wales at 85,523 – an increase of almost 90% since the 1990s, there are calls to reduce the number of people in our prisons. The Prison Reform Trust calculates that an average of 20,000 prisoners are held in overcrowded conditions in England and Wales. Such overcrowding can seriously reduce the chances of rehabilitating prisoners.

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