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Prison Accommodation

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 284391, tabled on 2 September 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce the prison population.

Answered on

9 September 2019

Sentencing is a matter for our independent courts, which take into account the circumstances of the case, including any aggravating and mitigating factors. We are clear that sentencing must match the severity of a crime.

Prison numbers can fluctuate, which is why we have a robust set of plans in place to ensure we will always have enough places for offenders sent to custody by the courts. The Prime Minister recently announced his ambition to transform the prison estate with an additional investment of £2.5 billion which will deliver 10,000 additional prison places.