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PR 74 11 Oct 2013

Prison Population increases to 84,832

The POA are becoming increasingly concerned at the increase in the prison population. Today’s population stands at 84,832 which represents another increase of 205 from this time last week, indeed the last three weeks has seen the population increase by 635. This is a new record for 2013.

Steve Gillan General Secretary of the POA stated;

“Ministers have recently announced more prison closures and the population has increased by 635 in the last few weeks. I hope they don’t live to regret this reckless closure plan without having adequate new accommodation coming on stream in the near future. Given that assaults on prison officers are becoming increasingly more frequent and violent and less staff because of budget cuts to deal with operational matters is a recipe for disaster. I urge Ministers to take a step back from this onslaught as it is dangerous for staff and prisoners”.

There have been nearly 3,000 reported assaults on prison officers in the last 12 months, that is eight assaults every day. The ratio of assaults on prisoner on prisoner is even higher.




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