Virtually half of prisoners at HMP Birmingham had been held in overcrowded cells final yr.

New figures from the Ministry of Justice present that 49.9 per cent of prisoners at HMP Birmingham had been held in overcrowded situations in 2017/18.

This was equal to 665 prisoners dwelling in crowded situations on the facility final yr.

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These prisoners had been held with one different prisoner in cells that had been designed to carry only one inmate.

This type of overcrowding, generally known as ‘doubling’, is the reason for the overwhelming majority of overcrowding within the jail system.

HMP Birmingham

Birmingham jail has been virtually precisely 50 per cent overcrowded for the previous 4 years.

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Prisoners within the establishment are more likely to be held too many to a cell than they’re within the jail system extra broadly, the place the
common was 24 per cent.

Exeter jail in Devon was probably the most overcrowded of all, with 83.1 per cent of its prisoners dwelling in cramped situations.

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The Ministry of Justice rated HMP Birmingham as ‘of great concern’ in its newest rankings of prisons round England and Wales.

It was one in all 15 prisons in England and Wales to get the bottom doable rating, which it has held for the previous two years.


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