‘Addiction to imprisonment’ marked by overuse of short sentences and botched reforms

More people are being sent to prison in England and Wales every year than anywhere else in western Europe, figures described as “shameful” suggest.

The rate is about twice as high as Germany and roughly three times that of Italy and Spain, the Prison Reform Trust found. This amounted to more than 140,000 admissions to prison in England and Wales in 2017, the most recent year for which data is available.

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