The BBC report:

Close to a quarter of all prisoners in England and Wales were kept in overcrowded cells in the year to April, a prison reform charity has said.

The Howard League for Penal Reform said figures showed about 19,140 inmates on average were made to share a cell designed for one person.

It said overcrowding was “far worse than anyone imagined”.

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