‘National emergency’ during Durham jail as attack numbers double

Assaults in Durham Prison have doubled in 5 years, with jail remodel campaigners dogmatic a conditions a “national emergency”.

The arise in attacks on staff and prisoners, suggested in total from a Ministry of Justice, shows a scale of a charge jail officers are facing.

Of a 303 assaults available in 2017, 69 were on jail staff. And 35 assaults were tangible as serious, a difficulty that includes passionate assaults and those where victims compulsory sanatorium in-patient treatment.

In 2012, 122 assaults were recorded, clarification a five-year boost of 148%.

The numbers also exhibit that 310 cases of self-harm were available in Durham final year, an boost of 100% on 2012. Across prisons in England and Wales, scarcely 30,000 assaults were available final year, some-more than double a series in 2012. Self-harm also increasing by 92% over a same five-year period, with scarcely 45,000 cases in 2017.

Frances Crook, arch executive of a Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “This ashamed arise in assault and self-injury is a approach outcome of process decisions to concede a series of people behind bars to grow violent while starving prisons of resources.

“This is a inhabitant emergency, and a supervision contingency respond resolutely and urgently. Positive stairs to revoke a jail race would save lives, strengthen staff, and forestall some-more people being swept into deeper currents of crime and despair.”

Three self-inflicted deaths were available in Durham in 2017, a clarification that includes suicides and random deaths by self-harm.

Justice Secretary David Gauke said: “The levels of violence, self-murder and self-harm in the prisons are distant too high and we are holding obligatory movement to residence these problems.”