Thursday 26 April 2018 / 11:30 AM Justice / Richard Burgon

Reckless decision to slash prison budgets and axe prison officers has left our prisons more violent than ever – Burgon

Richard Burgon MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to the latest Safety in Custody Statistics which show in the 12 months to December 2017 there were 29,485 assaults, up 13% from the previous year, said:

“Cuts have consequences and their damaging impact is clear for all to see in our prisons. The Conservatives’ reckless decision to slash prison budgets and axe thousands of prison officers has left our prisons more violent than ever.

“It is completely scandalous that there are now 81 attacks every single day in our prisons including a record number of assaults on our dedicated prison staff.

“Despite the Government’s belated recruitment drive, there are still nearly 4,000 fewer frontline officers than in 2010. The Tories need to go much further in officer recruitment, if they are serious about turning our prisons into places of safety and reform.”