Prison deaths rising as cutbacks take effect
originally by: The Guardian
published: 17 October 2012
Resource cutbacks are putting an increasing strain on the prison system in England and Wales, with a growing current of deaths, attempted suicides and assaults, according to the chief inspector of prisons.
Nick Hardwick, in his annual report, says there has been a general improvement in jail conditions, with many prisons responding positively to the government’s “rehabilitation revolution”, but progress has been uneven and is now under threat.
He says progress, particularly on safety and providing a decent environment, appears to have stalled as the prison population has risen from 85,400 in March 2011 to 87,531 in March 2012.
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