Prison population reaches an all-time high… Again.

The prison population in England and Wales has hit another all-time high of 88,179 according to figures released by the Ministry of Justice.

This is the fifth week in a row that prison population figures have hit a new record. The riots over the summer, sparked by the death of Mark Duggan, has contributed to the rise in figures.

According to a Ministry of Justice spokesman, the figures mean that the number of inmates is just 1,203 short of the usable operational capacity.




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