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Prisons in crisis

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The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is being overhauled in anticipation of a “bow wave” of more than 20,000 extra jailed criminals who will push the prison population to a post-war high of nearly 100,000 by 2026.

Analysts at the department, now headed by Dominic Raab, have calculated that the recruitment of an extra 20,000 police officers, a potential post-pandemic crime rise and longer jail sentences will see prisoner numbers rise by nearly a quarter to a record 98,700 in five years’ time.

This comes on top of a backlog of 60,000 Crown Court cases that has grown by 20,000 during the pandemic. At least half of these defendants will be jailed by judges.

For full article https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2021/09/19/ministry-justice-overhaul-prison-population-predicted-hit-nearly/?utm_source=gazette_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Mishcon+verdict+delay+%7c+Profession+mourns+%27brilliant%27+barrister+%7c+Raab%27s+to-do+list_09%2f20%2f2021

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