Wednesday 12 September 2018 / 5:59 PM Justice / Richard Burgon

Conservative cuts to prisons budgets and staff have created an unprecedented crisis – Burgon

Richard Burgon MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to reports that the Chief Inspector of Prisons has issued an Urgent Notification at HMP Bedford, said:

“This is yet more evidence of the emergency facing our prisons system. Conservative cuts to prisons budgets and staff have created an unprecedented crisis.

“The Government’s recent solution to the widespread failure at HMP Birmingham was to increase prison staff and reduce prisoner numbers there. With the same problems happening across the prison estate, it’s time the Government launched an emergency plan and new funds to end overcrowding and understaffing across the prison estate.”