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Prisons: Overcrowding

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL8630, tabled on 30 September 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent overcrowding in prisons.

Answered on

13 October 2020

We are committed to reducing crowding across the prison estate which is why we are investing up to £2.5bn to provide 10,000 additional prison places to ensure we have the prison places we need to manage incoming demand.

In addition , we have already delivered 2,100 uncrowded prison places at HMP/YOI Berwyn, 206 uncrowded places in a house block at HMP Stocken and continue to work at pace to deliver modern, decent, uncrowded prisons at the former HMP Wellingborough and HMP Glen Parva sites, which are due to open in 2022 and 2023 respectively.