Violence inside prisons in England and Wales has been getting worse for some time now, and the latest set of government statistics do not, sadly, buck the trend.
The Ministry of Justice has revealed that attacks on prison officers have increased 25% in the year up to June 2017. There were 7,400 inflicted on staff, including almost 800 serious assaults.
There were also just over 41,000 incidents of self-harm in the year to June 2017, including a 10% rise in one quarter.
The Ministry of Justice’s own sober analysis of the latest numbers concludes that “there has been a clear upward trend since December 2012 in serious assault incidents of all types.”
Our prisons are fit to bursting and this is leading to horrific incidents of self-harm and violence
Ed Davey, the Libs Dems spokesman for home affairs, blamed ministers for failing to make necessary reforms.
“Our prisons are fit to bursting and this is leading to horrific incidents of self-harm and violence,” he said.