Watchdog's concern over Exeter prison funding cuts

Exeter Prison
Image caption The report said Exeter was an "old prison with a transient population"

A prison watchdog has expressed concern about the possible effects of government cuts at a Devon prison.

Exeter Prison's Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) said a "sharp and significant" cut could have a "detrimental" effect on overcrowding.

It also said in its 2010 report that programmes designed to reduce re-offending could be affected.

The government has said it wants to save £4bn from the prison and probation budget over the next four years.

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