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July 22, 2008

Prison overcrowding problems in the UK

As detailed by these various news reports, folks across the pond are having American-style prison overcrowding problem:

Here is how the final article in this trio of article begins:

Prison reform has been hastily implemented, underfunded and has left record numbers behind bars, MPs said in a scathing report published today.  The Commons justice committee found Labour's flagship criminal justice reforms had been a "significant contributor" to prison overcrowding. "We urge the government to address sentencing policy in a more considered and systematic way and to reconsider the merits of this trend," the cross-party committee of MPs said.

The Criminal Justice Act 2003 was the centrepiece of government plans for delivering clear, consistent sentencing. But MPs said the act had "fallen short of its aims". The committee blamed a desire to appear tough on crime and a failure to inject sufficient resources into community punishments for a rise in short jail terms, which they said could lead to increased reoffending.

Gee, this sure sounds like a familiar story.

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