Small num­ber of prison protests

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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