May 1, 2014

45% Increase in Assaults on Prison Staff 

There has been a significant 45% increase in the number of serious assaults by offenders on prison staff between 2010 and 2012. 

The 543 assaults referred to the police in 2012 equates to almost three every two days and is an increase on the 2010 figure of 374 assaults referred to the police.

The figures were revealed by Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan in a written parliamentary question used to express concerns about overcrowding.