Small number of prison protests
Maidstone prisoners protested against officers several times last year, figures show.
HM Prison and Probation Service data shows five protest incidents were recorded in 2017-18, though this is down from six the previous year. In prisons across England and Wales there were a total of 6,719 protests in the same period. According to HMPPS, there are four types of protesting behaviour: barricades, hostage incidents, concerted indiscipline and incidents at height - any disorder above ground.
There were no incidents at height at Maidstone last year, and over the past five years there have been just six such incidents.
HMPPS said that they have recruited an extra 3,500 prison officers over the last two years.
It said an additional £40 million was being invested to “tackle the drugs and mobile phones which frequently fuel bad behaviour.”