Prisons: Overcrowding - Motion to Take Note

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 1:43 pm on 7th September 2017.

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Photo of Lord Ramsbotham Lord Ramsbotham Crossbench 1:43 pm, 7th September 2017

My Lords, perhaps I can help the Minister. The ratio of staff to prisoners is now 1: 6, which it was last in 1950. At the time of the riots in 1990, it was 1:3. It has increased, therefore, to 1:6, which I suggest is unsustainable.