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Dorchester Prison On Top 10 Overcrowded List

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4:09pm 28th August 2012

Dorchester Prison is one of the most over-crowded in England and Wales.

New figures released by the Prison Reform Trust put it at number six on the top ten list.

Dorchester currently has 242 inmates when it should be holding 148.

Juliet Lyon, director of the Prison Reform Trust said: "Building our way out of the overcrowding problem is not the answer. The prison population can be safely reduced by curbing inflation in sentencing, calling a halt to any unnecessary use of custodial remand and investing in effective community penalties. Court ordered community sentences are more effective, by eight percentage points, at reducing one-year proven reoffending rates than custodial sentences of less than 12 months for similar offences. Rather than falling back on short, ineffective spells behind bars, investment in more intensive community sentences and public health solutions would cut crime and save the taxpayer money."

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