Safety in prisons in England and Wales


Published 05/12/2017 Amended 05/12/2017

Topics:  Prisons


From 2012 there has been a decline in prison safety. The Justice Committee has described a rapid and ongoing deterioration. Chief Inspectors of Prisons, the Prison and Probation Ombudsman and interested organisations have expressed concern. The Government has acknowledged the decline and committed to additional funding to recruit more staff. A white paper, Prison Safety and Reform, was published in November 2016 and included measures to address the use of new psychoactive substances, mobile phones and drones.


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