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Surge in jail population adds to strain on overstretched prison service




An unforeseen summer surge in prisoner numbers in England and Wales is adding to the pressures on a jail system that is already “woefully short of spare capacity” and subject to frequent riots that take out cell spaces, a former head of the prison service has warned.Phil Wheatley, the last director-general of the Prison and Probation Service, has told the Guardian that the rise in prison numbers has “more or less wiped out” the value of a boost in the number of prison officers and prevented the closure of older jails.“Trying to find a safe way through the problems facing Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, while at the same time ensuring prisons go smoke-free must be near impossible without substantial additional funding for staff resources,” said Wheatley.


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