prison violence

“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.’


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…


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





Prison activist and editor. Luk Vervaet is the author of « Le making-of d'Anders B. Breivik » (Egalité=Editions, 2012), « Nizar Trabelsi : Guantanamo chez nous ? (Editions Antidote, 2014), " De grote stap achterwaarts, teksten over straf en gevangenis" (Antidote & PTTL, 2016). 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).

'“A damning indictment of an unsafe, overcrowded system”, Nicki Jameson on the 2013-2014 report into prisons in England and Wales' have no comments

Be the first to comment this post!

Would you like to share your thoughts?

Your email address will not be published.

Images are for demo purposes only and are properties of their respective owners. Old Paper by Admin by Numic