12 Oct 2023

Judges in England and Wales told not to jail criminals as prisons are full

Communities Editor

Judges have been told to delay the sentencing of criminals currently on bail because prisons are full, according to a report in today’s Times newspaper.

This morning the Health Secretary Steve Barclay acknowledged that prisons “are under huge pressure”, adding that the Justice Secretary will make a statement to the commons on Monday.

But he refused to comment on whether sentencing was being affected.