Thursday 25 July 2019 / 11:29 AM Justice / Richard Burgon

Tory austerity has unleashed an unprecedented wave of violence throughout the prison system – Burgon

Richard Burgon MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to the latest Safety in Custody figures which show that annual assault incidents reached a record high in the 12 months to March 2019 said:

“Tory austerity has unleashed an unprecedented wave of violence throughout the prison system.  Violence has yet again risen to record highs – a shocking indictment of the government’s failure to prioritise the safety of staff, inmates and the wider public. 

“The new Justice Secretary needs to move beyond the empty promises of his predecessors and finally get a grip of this prisons crisis. He should start by setting out an emergency plan with substantial new funds to make our prisons safe.”