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Prison violence

EDM (Early Day Motion) 949: tabled on 03 February 2022

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 30 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes with alarm the rapid increase in prison violence over the last decade, with levels of assaults peaking in 2019 before a partial reduction during the covid-19 pandemic lockdowns; further notes that rehabilitation is practically impossible inside violent prisons, meaning that offenders can leave prison more damaged and dangerous than when they arrive; welcomes the new Prisons Strategy White Paper as an opportunity to tackle both prison violence and the causes of prison violence as urgent priorities; believes the White Paper’s framework of key performance indicators should include violence against prisoners and staff as crucial metrics for judging management performance; further believes penalties for failing these metrics should include management fines, with this money used to improve prison staff injury compensation schemes; insists that rebuilding staff experience is key to reducing violence, and that improving the pay, terms and conditions of prison staff is a vital first step to solving the current recruitment and retention crisis; calls on the Government to adopt the proposals for safer systems of work in the Safe Inside Charter from the Joint Unions in Prisons Alliance, a coalition of nine national trade unions representing prison workers; and further calls on the Government to accept the pay review body’s recommendation of a £3,000 pay rise for entry-level prison officers, to halt plans for new private prisons until it is better understood why they are disproportionately more violent than public prisons, and to bring the pension age of prison officers back down to 60.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2022
Hayes and Harlington
Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2022
Wansbeck
Webbe, Claudia
Independent
Signed on 4 February 2022
Leicester East
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 4 February 2022
Arfon
Osborne, Kate
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2022
Jarrow
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 4 February 2022
Ceredigion
Carden, Dan
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2022
Liverpool, Walton
Maskell, Rachael
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2022
York Central
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 7 February 2022
Brighton, Pavilion
Edwards, Jonathan
Independent
Signed on 7 February 2022
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 February 2022
Edinburgh West
Johnson, Kim
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2022
Liverpool, Riverside
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 8 February 2022
Strangford
Trickett, Jon
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2022
Hemsworth
Begum, Apsana
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2022
Poplar and Limehouse
Whittome, Nadia
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2022
Nottingham East
Long Bailey, Rebecca
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2022
Salford and Eccles
Corbyn, Jeremy
Independent
Signed on 9 February 2022
Islington North
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 February 2022
Glasgow South West
Winter, Beth
Labour
Signed on 21 February 2022
Cynon Valley
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2022
Gateshead
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2022
Streatham
Burgon, Richard
Labour
Signed on 22 March 2022
Leeds East
Byrne, Ian
Labour
Signed on 19 April 2022
Liverpool, West Derby

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.