Sunday, June 24

From the Editors Notebook

The Government confirmed last week that releasing prisoners early has a hidden cost, oh yes they are intitled to compensation would you believe. Prisoners released early are to receive a cash payout of up to £172 to compensate them for loss of bed and board. Some 25,500 prisoners are expected to be released up to 18 days early to solve the prisons overcrowding crisis, and will receive cash payments totalling £4.5m. The payments - equivalent to £10 each day - are intended to cover living costs during the time the ex-convicts would have been in prison because legally, as prisoners, they cannot receive benefits.

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