Friday 4 November 2016

Prisons to get 2500 new prison officers


Justice Secretary Liz Truss announced a fresh recruitment drive and "no fly zones" over jails in a bid to tackle the "toxic cocktail" of drugs, drones and mobile phones flooding the system.

But Prison Officers Association boss Mike Rolf blamed previous job cuts, telling the BBC: "It’s a bloodbath in prisons at this minute in time.

"Staff are absolutely on their knees, lost all morale, all motivation.

"Prisoners are scared. They want prison officers to be in charge, and the prison officers feel incapable to do that."

The Prison Reform Trust says there were 14,690 prison officers working in public prisons in June 2016 - 26% fewer than in 2010.



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