Twenty thousand servicemen in prison, on probation or parole


More than 20,000 former servicemen are in prison or on probation or parole, double the total British personnel in Afghanistan, according to a new survey.

The study by Napo, the probation officer’s union, found that an estimated 8,500 veterans are in prison, almost one in 10 of the prison population, which is a rise of more than 30 per cent in the last five years.

It found that of 90 probation case histories of former servicemen, the majority had a chronic alcohol or drug problem, while nearly half suffered from post-traumatic stress or depression.

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