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Steve Gillan – General Secretary:
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POA Press Office:
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POA Press Releases

PR 86 08 May 2014

POA welcome statement from Chris Grayling Secretary of State for Justice

The POA have welcomed the statement from the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling in respect of life sentences should any prisoner murder a prison officer and other offenses which prisoners commit.

This statement is long overdue and has been an issue that the POA has been campaigning on for many years.

The professional men and women of the prison service provide an essential service and key role in keeping our society safe. For too long prison staff have been treated like second class citizens and this is the first of many steps required to bring parity with other emergency services.

The consequences of this statement and actions will undoubtedly increase the pressure on the prison population and the POA look forward to positive discussions with the Ministry of Justice and NOMS to ensure prisons remain safe and secure.




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