Flora Mitjavile | Jailed


England and Wales has one of the highest rates of incarceration in Western Europe, with around 150 people per 100,000 currently in prison.
The prison population shows a number of social exclusion characteristics and circumstances, such as poor literacy and numeracy skills, housing problems, unemployment, mental health problems, drug and alcohol abuse. Mental distress is prevalent, notably leading to high rates of self-harm amongst prisoners.
The combined United Kingdom prison population with Scotland and Northern Ireland, now stands at around 95,000 prisoners.
Cast away and forgotten about, these men, women, youth and children are split between prisons, Youth Offender Institutes, Immigration Removal Centres and Foreign National Prisons. The number of prisoners having dramatically increased over the last fifteen years, the prison system as a whole has been overcrowded in every year since 1994.