The most overcrowded prison in England and Wales is HMP Kennet in Liverpool, new official figures have revealed.
According to an analysis of prison population statistics by the Prison Reform Trust nearly two thirds of prisons in England and Wales are overcrowded, with the worst being the Liverpool prison.
The HMP Kennet is designed to hold 175 men but it now holds 337.
In second place is Shrewsbury (built to hold 170 men, it holds 326) and third is Swansea (built for 240, it holds 436). HMP Preston in Lancashire sits at number nine on the list (built for 455, it holds 712).
The Trust has also revealed there are 7,294 more people in the system than it is designed and built to hold.
It said although the growth in the prison population has slowed down in recent months, there were 77 out of 131 establishments over the Prison Service's Certified Normal Accommodation (CNA) as of July 27.
The 10 most overcrowded prisons in England and Wales:
- HMP Kennet in Liverpool, Merseyside (Built to hold 175, it holds 337)
- Shrewsbury, Shropshire (Built for 170, it holds 326)
- Swansea, South Wales (Built for 240, it holds 436)
- Leicester, Leicestershire (Built for 200, it holds 342)
- Exeter, Devon (Built for 317, it holds 530)
- Dorchester, Dorset (Built for 148, it holds 242)
- Wandsworth, London (Built for 730, it holds 1,191)
- Northallerton, North Yorkshire (Built for 146, it holds 232)
- Preston, Lancashire (Built for 455, it holds 712)
- Doncaster (South Yorkshire) (Built for 743, it holds 1,142)