Prison assault in England and Wales hits record levels

Violence opposite jail staff and among inmates in jails in England and Wales has strike record highs, central total show.

There were 29,485 attack incidents in jails in England and Wales final year, an boost of 13% on 2016, according to a quarterly Ministry of Justice (MoJ) report.

Prisoner-on-prisoner assaults increasing by 11% to 21,270 in 2017. Of these, 3,029 were critical assaults, an boost of 10% on a prior year. Both total are record highs.

There were 8,429 assaults on staff in a 12 months to Dec 2017, adult 23% from a prior year. The MoJ news on reserve in control remarkable there had been a change in how assaults on staff are recorded, that might have contributed to a increase.

Of a attacks on officers, 864 were classed as serious, such as those requiring medical diagnosis or ensuing in fractures, browns or endless bruising.

The probity secretary, David Gauke, pronounced obligatory movement was being taken to tackle a “far too high” levels of violence. “Assaults on a overworked staff will never be tolerated,” he said.

Frances Crook, arch executive of a Howard League for Penal Reform, pronounced a total were a “symptom of a jail complement in crisis”.

Crook said: “Ultimately, certain stairs to revoke a jail race would save lives, strengthen staff and stop others being swept into deeper currents of crime, attack and despair.”

The total also uncover there were 44,651 incidents of self-harm among inmates final year, adult by 11% compared with 2016. The series of self-harming people increasing by 6% to a new high of 11,630.

In a year to Mar there were 299 deaths in jail custody, a year-on-year tumble of 13%. There were 69 self-inflicted deaths, down from 115 in a prior year.