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Ministry of Justice predicts rise in prisoner numbers because of longer sentences and an increase in sexual offenders

Prisoner numbers are expected to rise by thousands over the next five years, according to estimates released amid warnings of a crisis in jails in England and Wales.

The prison population of England and Wales was 83,165 as of Friday and is projected to increase steadily by 3,200 to 86,400 by March 2023, figures released by the Ministry of Justice show.

In the long term, projected increases would be driven by an expected rise in offenders sentenced to terms of four years or more, the research paper said.

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The Guardian

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