Saturday, 18 March 2017

Lib Dems call for drugs to be legalised to tackle overcrowding in prisons

The Liberal Democrats have put forward ground-breaking proposals to reduce overcrowding in prisons, including overhauling sentencing policy and decriminalising the possession of drugs for personal use.

The party has also called on the Government to increase the number of prison officers beyond the 2,500 Liz Truss has promised.

The last three decades have seen the prison population in England and Wales almost double, from 44,975 in 1990 to 84,874 today. In December 2016, eighty out of 124 prisons in total were past 100% capacity and eighteen more were past 95% capacity.

There are over 11,000 people imprisoned for drug offences, figures from the House of Commons library have shown (link).

 

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