With rising numbers of prisoners needing accommodation elsewhere in the prison’s estate, hundreds of category C, or low risk, offenders, have been brought into the jail. About 23% of the prison population remain men aged 18-21 convicted of violent crimes and serving long sentences.

A prison which specialised in people convicted of violent crimes has been “thrown into chaos” by a policy change introduced by Dominic Raab’s Ministry of Justice to cope with a national rise in inmate numbers, an official watchdog has found.

HMP Aylesbury was “suddenly and without sufficient consultation, notice or support” changed into a category C training prison in October, the chief inspector of prisons said.

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