The number of frontline officers working in public-sector prisons has fallen over the last year, despite Ministry of Justice plans to recruit additional staff to help respond to the highest levels of violence, suicide and self-injury since recording practices began.
Against a backdrop of violence and deaths behind bars, the number of people in prison due to recall has soared by 15 per cent in a year and is now 55 times greater than it was in 1993, according to evidence being submitted to the United Nations by the Howard League for Penal Reform.
The families of three young men who died in Glen Parva prison have called for more action to prevent suicides as Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons published its latest inspection report on the jail.
Prisons in England and Wales are becoming increasingly violent and dangerous, with deaths, assaults and incidents of self-injury continuing to rise, figures seen by the Howard League for Penal Reform reveal.
A UK Government minister was repeatedly asked yesterday by Members of Parliament to condemn the execution of protesters last weekend in Saudi Arabia, and to publish secret agreements signed between the UK and Saudi governments, but refused to do either.