The Government denied there was an overcrowding problem in Britain's prisons and insisted inmates were treated "humanely" as all facilities had "safe population levels".
Let's be clear what overcrowding in prison actually means - typically it means having to share a cell rather than have one to yourself.
Prisoners are treated humanely but prison is not somewhere that anyone should be comfortable about going back to.
All prisons have safe population levels and have capacity to take those sent there by the courts.
We are replacing older prisons with newer accommodation that is cheaper to run. I will continue to look for ways to make the prison system more efficient and to tackle our stubbornly high reoffending rates.
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