WConvicts sentenced in the United Kingdom could be released as early as next week due to overcrowding in British prisons, The Times reported on Wednesday.
Anyone convicted from next week will be able to remain on bail until the matter is resolved, the British newspaper reported. Additionally, some prisoners may be released early.
These measures are part of the British government’s plan to expand the prison population.
To The Times, Lord Eddys, one of the country’s most respected judges, expressed concern about the potential of these measures, for example, for convicted rapists.
The government’s proposal responds to a number of warnings issued over the summer about a lack of capacity in the British prison system, which the justice minister has admitted are true. “[O sistema prisional] is under enormous pressure”, he said at one point, however, guaranteeing that the UK was going to have “the fastest expansion of prison assets in the last 100 years”.
According to British government projections, the prison population is expected to rise to 89,100 by November, however, there are only 87,573 places, 1,527 short of demand.
On Monday, the Justice Minister will address the nation to clarify these and other issues.
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