|HMPS Mission Statement|
Another key issue is that fewer staff on the wings or house blocks can lead to a rise in unseen bullying or exploitation of younger, elderly or weaker prisoners. Again, such mistreatment also contributes to a rise in mental health problems, severe depression, self-harm and suicide.
There are currently over 85,000 people incarcerated in the UK. The vast majority of these prisoners will, sooner or later, be released back into the community. Mistreating inmates while they are in prison, and then failing to prepare them for reintegration and resettlement upon release, are storing up much more costly problems for the future and will do nothing to reduce re-offending.