Helen Goodman MP, Shadow Minister of State for Prisons, said on prison population numbers:
“I am becoming increasingly concerned about the level of capacity that we have remaining in the prison estate. The violence that was seen on the streets of Britain last week must be punished, but the Tory-led government also have a responsibility to ensure that the sentences handed down are being served safely.
“Since May last year this Tory led Government has scrapped the prison building programme and have closed four prisons which has reduced prison capacity even further.
“The prison population has reached a record high and prison and probation officers are being increasingly overstretched. It is vital for public safety and for security in our prisons and the youth secure estate that prison and probation staff get the resources and support they need.”