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169 26 Apr 2018


The POA have sent an open letter (attached) to David Gauke Justice Secretary of State after the latest Safety in Custody Data was announced for England and Wales Prison Service.

Steve Gillan General Secretary of the POA stated;

“The open letter is self-explanatory. There can be no hiding place for the Minister or those failing in the Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Prison Service. David Gauke needs to be honest and stop putting out press releases hiding behind a recruitment drive days before these dreadful statistics come out. It would appear no one wants to take responsibility for failure at the highest level”.

The POA urge the Secretary of State David Gauke to engage more fully with the trade union to remedy the crisis that has been created.


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PR-169-18-A Prison Service in Crisis.pdf

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