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Prison assaults every 20 minutes as Tory cuts cause chaos in our jails 26 Jul 2018 19:39 #9488

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Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon slams decision to 'axe thousands of prison officers'

ATTACKS in prisons are occurring once every 20 minutes, shocking figures published today reveal, as violence behind bars reaches record levels.

There were 31,025 assaults in prisons in England and Wales in the year to March — a 16 per cent increase on the previous year and almost double the figure of a decade ago.

Incidents of self-harm among prisoners also increased by 16 per cent to a new record high of 46,859 — representing an incident of self-harm every 11 minutes.

Labour’s Richard Burgon said the figures marked “a new low point in this government’s mismanagement of our prisons.”

And the shadow justice minister was unequivocal about the cause: “What we’re seeing here are the dire consequences that austerity has created.

“The blame for this prisons emergency lies squarely with the Conservatives’ decision to axe thousands of prison officers and slash the prisons budget.”

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