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Dorset's Prisons Are Overcrowded


7:50am 3rd September 2013
(Updated 1:25pm 3rd September 2013)

Dorset's Prisons are still overcrowded according to a new report.

It's caused by inmates having to share cells, but compared to the national average we're certainly not the worst.

The Howard League report found on average, every day, 176 prisoners are being forced to share their cells in Dorchester.

At the Verne the figure stands at 55. Portland's YOI though is much better with no inmates having to share.

Nationally prison staff has been reduced by 17% in the past year, leading to calls for a change by the Howard League charity.

The worst-affected prison was Wandsworth, where on a typical day over 800 people were sharing cells.

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