What would the running costs be? The average cost of a prison place in 2002 was £38,753 per year. An additional 5,000 prisoners would therefore cost only £194m per year. On these figures, imprisoning the most serious and persistent offenders would be highly cost-effective. If 100,000 offenders commit half of all crime, then they impose costs on society of £30 billion, or £300,000 each for every year they are free. Even if the building costs are charged to a single financial year and added to the running costs we arrive at a total of £143,753, a saving of £156,247: http://www.civitas.org.uk/pubs/prisonValue.php
Men In Prison: http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk
More men in prison than ever before.
Figures released today by the Prison Reform Trust show that there are more men in prison than ever before as the Prison Service is forced to make financial savings and the Home Office reduces the overall number of prison places.
According to official figures the number of adult male prisoners is currently 68,479, the highest ever recorded total. In the last month the total population has increased by just under 1300, the equivalent of two medium sized jails.
Of the 139 jails in England and Wales, 83 are currently overcrowded. The ten most overcrowded adult male prisons are: Leicester, Preston, Dorchester, Exeter, Swansea, Shrewsbury, Usk, Leeds, Lincoln and Lancaster.
Overall there are more than 16,000 prisoners sharing two to a cell meant for one person Many jails are struggling to provide adequate levels of purposeful activity for prisoners who can be locked in their cells for up to 20 hours each day.
Women In Prision: http://www.womeninprison.org.uk
Prison causes damage and disruption to the lives of vulnerable women, most of whom pose no risk to the public. 4,479 women in prison February 2008
70% of women prisoners have mental health problems.
37% have attempted suicide.
20% have been in the care system as children compared to 2% of the general population.
At least 50% report being victims of childhood abuse or domestic violence. Prison is often a very expensive way of making bad situations worse.
Nearly a third of women prisoners who have owned/rented accommodation before prison lose their homes as a result of imprisonment. 65% re-offend on release.
A prison bed costs between £25,000 and £45,000 a year. The most common offences for which women are sent to prison are theft and handling stolen goods.
The women’s prison population went up by 173% in the decade to 2004. Prison does not work. The best way to cut women's offending is to deal with its root causes.
Young People At the end of October 2007 there were 9,544 young people aged 18-20 in prison in England and Wales. Whilst in custody many young adults are frequently moved around the prison estate causing great disruption and distress. In general, they also experience impoverished regimes. Nearly half of first time offenders are young adults. Find press statements made by the Prison Reform Trust on young people in prison here.
Employment & Unemployment Stats: http://www.statistics.gov.uk
Crime: 17 people are arrested every day somebody is charged with murder every 5 days.
Last year, you gave us 80,660 pieces of useful information. As a result, 6,217 people were charged including:
71 for murder/attempted murder
2,917 for drugs offences
43 for arson
314 for assault
633 for robbery, burglary or theft
69 teenagers are victims of knife crime every week in London and nearly half of all murders are carried out with a knife.
Crime Stoppers statistics.
2006 more than 52 children have been stabbed to death and more than 16 shot dead.
Personally known to JUST (a 16 year old teenager was stabbed punched, faced crushed, bricked, stomped on, shot, drowned)
In Acton London, a young man was shot dead in the face!
There are over 500, 000 teenagers who admit being in a gang.
There 171 known gangs in London!
There are 2960 known gangs across the UK, 2026 stabbed people stabbed to death 601 shot dead in the last 9 years. Statically one child is stabbed in the UK every week.