11th June 2015
There was a ministerial statement today from the Ministry of Justice, and it contained a remarkable admission. But you had to look carefully.
The statement was headed with the unrevealing title “NOMS accounts – explanatory note”.
(NOMS is the National Offender Management Service, part of the MoJ.)
The admission was about prison over-crowding figures:
“In instances where two prisoners were held in a cell designed for one, both prisoners should be counted as being in crowded conditions. Some prisons, however, were only counting the additional prisoner.”
It takes a special kind of genius to think that two prisoners in a cell intended for one means that only one of them was in over-crowded conditions. Of course, both of the prisoners should have been counted.
And this is the same NOMS branch of the MoJ which is – disgustingly – seeking to sell “expertise” on prison management to the barbaric Saudi regime.