There are roughly 84,000 prisoners as of March 2010 in the England/ Wales prison system according to Ministry of Justice (Population Figures). In the England/Wales prison system the Her Majesty (HM) Prison Service runs 129 out of the 140 prisons in England and Wales. The
The remaining 11 prisons are contracted out to privately run companies such as GSL, Serco and G4S Justice Services and were first introduced to the United Kingdom back in the 1990s. Unlike private prisons in the United States that run the prisons as they see fit, the private prisons are inspected by the Her Majesty (HM) Inspectorate of Prisons the same as a public prison (Contracted Out Prisons).
But they do have prisons with different levels of security like we have in the United States. The way they have their separated is into four categories from A to D. There are five levels of security in the state prison systems; maximum-security prison, close-high-security prison, medium-security prison, minimum-security prison, and open-security prison. Most state prisons are considered multilevel prisons because they usually two more levels at the same prison facility. This allows for easier transfers from one level to another without having to transfer the prisoner to another prison facility. Like the state prison system the federal has five levels of security; minimum security, low security, medium security, high security and... [continues]
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