National Offender Management Service: Dealing with Increased Numbers in Custody: Vol.1: HC 458, Session 2005-2006: Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (1968/9 H.C.499-i)

 
9780102935691: National Offender Management Service: Dealing with Increased Numbers in Custody: Vol.1: HC 458, Session 2005-2006: Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (1968/9 H.C.499-i)

By September 2005, the prison population in England and Wales reached a record level of 77,300, an increase of 25,000 prisoners over the last ten years, resulting in increased levels of overcrowding and stretched resources. According to Home Office data for 2004, there were 141 people in custody per 100,000 of the population in England and Wales compared to 98 per 100,000 in Germany, and 93 per 100,000 in France. This NAO report examines how the National Offender Management Service (which has responsibility for managing and accommodating prisoners) is dealing with the pressure on places and the implications for performance; particularly the accuracy of Home Office projections of the future population and the impacts of overcrowding on the adult prison estate. Findings include: prison population projections have proved unreliable over the longer term; overcrowding is a particular problem for local prisons; costs of temporarily holding prisoners in police cells have been considerable; and overcrowding disrupts prisoner rehabilitation programmes designed to prevent re-offending. The report does not deal with sentencing policy.

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