Thursday 26 July 2018 / 12:43 PM Justice / Richard Burgon

Richard Burgon responds to Annual Prison Performance Ratings and the latest Safety in Custody statistics

Richard Burgon MP, Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to the Annual Prison Performance Ratings and the latest Safety in Custody statistics said:

“What we’re seeing here are the dire consequences that austerity has created. Today’s figures mark a new low point in this Government’s mismanagement of our prisons system.

“Despite all the rhetoric from the Government that it is finally getting a grip of the prisons emergency, we now have an assault every 20 minutes in our prisons and the number of prisons labelled as being of ‘serious concern’ is at its highest in years.

“The blame for this prisons emergency lies squarely with the Conservatives’ decision to axe thousands of prison officers and slash the prisons budget. If the Government is serious about tackling this crisis then it needs to outline an emergency plan and new funds to make our prisons safe.”