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Government funding foreign jails to improve conditions so as to send foreign prisoners in UK to their home prisons

Date: (9 August 2012)    |    

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Finding it difficult to deport foreign criminals due to human rights issues involved the government has now come out with a plan where it would make jails in countries, which have most number of inmates belonging from those countries, more comfortable so that the prisoners could be persuaded to serve their sentences in their home country.
The ministers have resorted to the idea and it would be implemented in the jails of Jamaica and Nigeria which has most number of citizens filling British jails. This move is being planned after it emerged that the UK’s own prison system had turned into a ‘United Nations of Crime’.
The Mail has seen the Research by the House of Commons library, which reveals how British jails contain inmates from a staggering 156 countries, more than three out of every four member states of the UN.
Despite pledges by the Prime Minister to fix things, the total number of foreign prisoners has been rising. By March this year, there were 11,127 behind bars, at an estimated cost to the UK public purse of more than £420million. This is up from 10,778 in 2011. One in every eight convicts includes serious offenders like rapists, murderers and burglars.
The figures were disclosed as the Prime Minister faced more criticism yesterday over his foreign aid commitments. In a radio phone interview a pensioner had called to tell him that it was wrong that when she was denied a cancer drug, billons were spent on overseas aid.
Meanwhile, to reduce jail traffic the ministers were prompted to take the extraordinary step of creating a £3million annual pot to make it easier for convicts to serve their sentences back home.
Splashing money on prisons abroad was going to prove a controversial decision. But officials insisted it would be cheaper in the long run than the annual £38,000 bill for keeping a single prisoner locked up here.
Currently, money is being spent in Jamaica to ‘assist Jamaican authorities in modernizing their prison service and rehabilitation and reintegration activities.
In Nigeria, one project supports the provision of ‘human rights training for prison officers’. A second project will construct new facilities at a women’s prison in its biggest city, Lagos, to reduce overcrowding.
Jamaica tops the list of the nations with most prisoners in British jails, with 900 inmates. There are 594 Nigerians.
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, said to some extent it was the inevitable legacy of mass immigration of 3.5million people under Labour.