Too much porridge? This last autumn has seen an ongoing debate about the fact that Britain has too many offenders and has run out of prison cells in which to keep them. John Benton There are 140 prisons in England and Wales with a capacity for 79,900 prisoners. The numbers in prison have risen from 60,000 in 1997 to the full capacity this year. subscribe now Join today to gain access to the rest of this article and many others. more info login If you are already a subscriber, log in to continue. log in access code If you have an access code, enter it here: Go free trial Get free access for 14 days: Sign up Click here to find out how we take care of your personal data.