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Prison numbers set to rise 24% in England and Wales -- it will make society less safe, not more

By Francis Pakes, Professor of Criminology, University of Portsmouth
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The Ministry of Justice is banking on England and Wales’ prison numbers rising by 23.7% by March 2026, predicting that the prison population will climb from 79,580 to 98,500. Matched by an intention to build space for 20,000 extra prison places, this would take numbers to an all-time high for the two countries.

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