Prison Population

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st March 1977.

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Photo of Mr Ioan Evans Mr Ioan Evans , Aberdare 12:00 am, 31st March 1977

Will my hon. Friend consider some sort of radical alternative to imprisonment? In view of his encouragement earlier on the question of community service orders, will he consider their extension in future, since it now costs up to £100 a week—about £5,000 a year—to keep someone in prison and there should be a more positive way in which people who have committed crimes against society can repay their debts by doing something constructive?