I wonder if this…
Riot squads called to prisons once a DAY in spiral of ‘escalating violence’ says MPs’ damning report
09:59, 16 MAY 2016 UPDATED 10:02, 16 MAY 2016
BY DAN BLOOM
Prisoners and staff are at risk from rising attacks and self-harm, MPs say – and urgent action is needed before Michael Gove’s reformsRiot squads called to prisons once a DAY in spiral of ‘escalating violence’ says MPs’ damning report
Riot squads are now called to prisons once a day in a spiral of “escalating violence”, a damning report by MPs has revealed.
The Justice Select Committee today warns prisoners and staff are at risk from rising attacks and self-harm in Britain’s jails – and urgent action is needed before Michael Gove’s reforms.
Staff at London’s Wormwood Scrubs prison walked out last month over safety fears, while new figures show there were 20,000 assaults in 12 months to December – a rise of 27% year-on-year.
There were more than and nearly 5,000 attacks on staff – a jump of more than a third compared with 2014 – and the 100 apparent self-inflicted deaths in the year to March were highest for more than a decade.
…has anything to do with this.
“A prisoner has killed himself after allegedly being stopped from smoking in Swansea jail.
Inmate Dean George, 40, was found dead in his cell at one of eight jails trialling the “no smoking” ban on health grounds.
Prison Service chiefs are investigating his death at Swansea prison which started the smoking ban four months ago.
Other prisoners say tensions are running high over the smoking ban – and that George had threatened to kill himself.
A partner of an inmate said: “Dean George was found dead because of the smoking ban. He told the staff he was going to do it.
“It’s human rights – they should be allowed to smoke.”
“Officers said Swansea Prison has been operating normally since going smoke free in January – and denied there has been large unrest over the smoking ban.”
I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they were connected, despite the first story not mentioning the second, given that…
Statistics from the Department of Health found that 80% of the prison population smoke compared to just 24% of the general population at the time of analysis (2012)1