Quick Guide: Law and order
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Crime rate

Violent crime

Policing

Drugs

ASBOs

Prisons

Prisons

The prison population has increased by 25,000 in the last ten years to a record high of nearly 75,000.

The rise in prison numbers reflect tougher sentencing policies, with more custodial sentences for burglary.

The Conservatives argue that even longer sentences without early release would help reduce the crime rate, and want 20,000 more prison places.

Half of prisons in England and Wales are overcrowded, with one in four sharing single cells.



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