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Prison system 'is in crisis', charity warns

The number of prison officers has been cut by 41% since the Government took office, according to the Howard League for Penal Reform.

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Minister: Charity 'deliberately misleads' public about prisons

The Prisons Minister has strongly rejected claims from charity the Howard League for Penal Reform that prisons are "in crisis" due to staff shortages.

Andrew Selous said: "It's beyond me why the Howard League go out of their way to deliberately mislead the public on the state of our prisons."

"They are less overcrowded than they have been for a decade and they are well-run, due to the dedication of the hard-working staff in them. Consistently trying to claim otherwise helps no one," he added.

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