Sum­mer hol­i­days ag­gra­vate prison cri­sis

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

 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.

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