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#HMP Wealstun

Increasing prisoner numbers creating pressure at HMP Wealstun

The prison population across England and Wales is nearly at capacity, and whilst new prison places are being added, the growth in capacity is not yet sufficient to deal with the number of prisoners in the system. At HMP Wealstun this has resulted in the doubling up of cells. The shortage of officers is also impacting Wealstun’s ability to function as a resettlement prison, with men locked up for long periods of time and limited workshop and educational opportunities.