Community, the justice sector union, has welcomed the fact the Ministry of Justice have finally admitted that cutting staff numbers has made prisons more dangerous for staff and prisoners. The admission comes as new MoJ figures show that yet again, violence levels in prisons have risen over the past year. Assaults on staff have risen 43% over the past 12 months, with an average of 16 incidents every single day.
Community has been campaigning for a safer justice sector and the union’s ‘Safe Operating Solutions’ Charter has been welcomed by front-line staff, private companies, and politicians from all parties.
Responding to these figures and the MoJ, Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, said: “We welcome the fact the government has finally realised what every prison officer has known for years; staff cuts make prisons more dangerous. Our members in the sector carry out incredible important jobs, in very difficult environments. The news that assaults on staff have risen by 43% will really be of little surprise to our members, who are faced with the threat of violence on a daily basis. This admission from the MoJ must be the first step in providing prisons with the resources they need to keep staff and prisoners safe.”
Community is the leading union in private justice, custodial and immigration services. Click here to find out more about our campaign for a safer justice sector.