Why is there currently a problem in the UK of increasing prison populations?

The increase of the prison population in the UK

Currently in the UK the prison population in on the increase. This has been a steady fact for a number of years and currently shows little sign of decreasing.

What is the main reason why the prison population is increasing?

For many people when told that the prison population is increasing this would immediately mean that the rate of offending must also be on the increase. If more people are committing crimes then the natural progression would be that more people are having to go to prison. However, this is not necessarily the case as there are other factors which have their part to play in the rising prison population.

What other factors may have a part to play in the rising prison population in the UK?

The following factors may well have their part to play in the increasing prison population in the UK:

  • The media and its stance on crime

  • Political reasons

  • Sentencing reasons

  • Differences in the type of offending

The media and its stance on crime

Following some high profile cases in the early 90s where there was particular media outcry in relation to certain criminal offences the stance in the media towards punishment became more punitive.

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  • Political reasons
  • Sentencing Reasons
  • Differences in the type of offending
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