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VIOLENCE, DRUG USE AND SAFETY IN PRISONS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 454: tabled on 14 September 2016

Tabled in the 2016-17 session.

This motion has been signed by 6 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House is concerned by the ongoing crisis in the prison system in England and Wales; notes remarks by the new Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Clark, who said that prisons have become increasingly violent and dangerous places; further notes that the latest Safety in custody statistics confirm that prison staff are required to work in conditions where the levels of violence are continuing to increase; notes that since 2010 assaults in prisons have increased by 48.8 per cent with staff assaults increasing by 39.5 per cent in the last 12 months; is alarmed that recent figures show that the number of prison officers has fallen by 425 in the last 12 months, yet over 60 per cent of prison establishments are currently overcrowded with almost 10,000 additional inmates compared to what the estate is designed to hold; is further concerned that the safety of inmates and staff is under increasing threat; welcomes the latest report by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons and his calls for an urgent national strategy to deal with violence, drug use and safety in prison; and calls on the Government to begin an immediate programme of prison officer recruitment and training to ensure the safety of all within the prison system.