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“A damning indictment of an unsafe, overcrowded system”, Nicki Jameson on the 2013-2014 report into prisons in England and Wales

Average prison population in England and Wales“… On 10 October 2014, the prison population in England and Wales was 84,485. The imprisonment rate of England and Wales is 149 per 100,000 of the population; in Scotland it is 147 per 100,000. This does not include those held in police stations, immigration detention centres or secure mental hospitals. Twenty years ago, the average prison population was 48,621; while the current ConDem government and previous Tory administrations bear some responsibility, the main culprit for the near-doubling of the numbers of people incarcerated is the 1997-2010 Labour government, which created 3,600 new criminal offences and introduced the invidious system of ‘indefinite sentences for public protection’.

At the end of September 2014, 80 of the 118 prisons in England and Wales were overcrowded…

The number of suicides rose by 69% from 52 in 2012–13 to 88 in 2013–14, the highest figure in 10 years. Incidents of self-harm have also increased, particularly among male prisoners, and the number of assaults involving adult male prisoners increased by 14% on the year before and was the highest for any year for which data exists. There was a 38% rise in the number of serious assaults.’

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The number of people held in immigration removal centres in Britain has steadily increased, with a total of over 30,000 detained in 2013. At any one time, up to 3,000 people can be imprisoned…

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The food budget was reduced from £2.20 per prisoner per day in 2012 to £1.96 a day in 2013.”

READ THE ARTICLE HERE

READ THE REPORT (pdf)  HERE


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Prison activist and editor. Currently preparing a book on the introduction of maximum security prisons in Belgium and Europe, including the practice of solitary confinement. In 2008, Luk started the Belgian Prisoners' Family & Friends Association. (http://familiesfriendsassociation.blogspot.be/ In 2009, with Farida Aarrass he launched the Campaign Free Ali Aarrass (www.freeali.eu ). In 2012 he organised the Committee of the Families of European detainees in Morocco (http://prisonnierseuropeensaumaroc.blogspot.be/). Luk Vervaet is the author of « Le making-of d'Anders B. Breivik » (Egalité=Editions, 2012), « Nizar Trabelsi : Guantanamo chez nous ? (Editions Antidote, 2014). He is co-author of « Kim et Ken, mes enfants disparus » (Editions Luc Pire, 2006), « Condamnés à la prison? Ecrits sur un monde caché » (Revue Contradictions, 2008) et « L'affaire Luk Vervaet : écrits sur un interdit professionnel » (Revue Contradictions, 2011). Contributions : « Etats généraux sur les conditions carcérales en Europe : La condition pénitentiaire, regards belges, français et européens"» (2010, éditions MGER) ; « The violence of incarceration: a response from mainland Europe »(2010, Race & Class) ; « Gevangenissen: spiegel van onze samenleving » (2013, MO Mondiaal Nieuws) Publishing house : www.antidote.be


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