Summer holidays aggravate prison crisis
The “toxic” prisons crisis is being exacerbated by staff going on their summer holidays, the head of the body representing governors has warned.
Andrea Albutt, president of the Prison Governors Association, said that her members had been left “devastated at the complete decline of our service”.
In an open letter, the governor said a recent increase in indiscipline among inmates is “of grave concern”, and that the “summer peak leave period” is putting “further strain” on resources. Miss Albutt said members had told her that they have seen “nothing tangible” come from the Ministry of Justice to ease the burden on prisons, leaving governors facing “unacceptable stress and anxiety”.
She said: “We know many prisons are in crisis and I deliberately use that term because it can’t be dressed up in any other way.” She added that a rise in prisoner numbers had left the estate with “virtually no headroom” in spaces, while seasonal pressures were adding to the strain.