Andrew Langdon, QC, Cost of prison versus the cost of justice, The Times, 09/04/2015

Andrew Langdon, QC, Cost of prison versus the cost of justice, The Times, 09/04/2015

9 Apr, 2015

Andrew Langdon, QC, leader of the Western Circuit, of The Guildhall Chambers, discusses "The cost of prison versus the cost of Justice" in The Times, 9th April 2015: 


"If you have to rely on cut-price justice to pay for prisons, how do you know the right people are going to end up inside?

Last week, former chief justice Lord Woolf expressed his concern over the conditions of our prisons, calling for a new inquiry into the prison system — and rightly so.

There are currently 85,576 people in prisons and young offender institutions in England and Wales.

The male prison population is 81,709 and the female prison population is 3,867.

It costs £33,000 per year to hold a category B male prisoner. That’s most of them. Over the past 20 years the prison population has doubled."

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