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UK PM Vows 10,000 New Prison Places, More Stop-and-Search

The U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to build 10,000 new prison places while extending the random stop-and-search scheme. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given support to the police's "stop-and-search powers" while also pledging to create "another 10,000 spaces" in U.K. prisons meaning new jails while also expanding the existing ones. Telesur, 11th August 2019

"... I am announcing today that in all 43 police authorities in England and Wales, we are making clear that the police can and should make use of their stop-and-search powers," Johnson wrote in the Mail Sunday, adding that such a step was needed to combat crime.

Johnson also wrote that Finance Minister Sajid Javid has agreed to spend up to 2.5 billion pounds (US$3.01 billion) to create 10,000 additional spaces in prisons. He insisted on tougher sentencing laws for "serious sexual and violent offenders," as well as for those carrying knives.

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