The Prison Reform Trust (PRT, http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk/) is an independent UK charity working to create a just, humane and effective penal system. They monitor prison conditions, whilst working to reduce unnecessary imprisonment, improve treatments for prisoners and their families and promote equality and human rights in the justice system.
They have recently released their Summer 2016 Briefing, highlighting the state of the penal system. Amongst the eye-catching statistics are:
- On 17 June 2016, the prison population in England and Wales was 84,405 – a rise of 92% since 1993
- England and Wales have the highest imprisonment rate in Western Europe, locking up 147 people per 100,000 of the population
- Over two-thirds (68%) of under 18 year olds are reconvicted within a year of release
- People were held for 44 months beyond tariff on average
- One in ten people (10,897) remanded in custody were subsequently acquitted
Visit the PRT website for more information, or download the 12-page briefing here: http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk/Portals/0/Documents/Bromley%20Briefings/Summer%202016%20briefing.pdf. You can also download the briefing as an iOS app – search the App Store for “Prison: the facts”.