Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Prisons get urgent £10m to tackle suicide and disorder - see the Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/24/prisons-urgent-funds-tackle-suicide-disorder

An extra £10m is to be pumped into English and Welsh prisons to tackle a rising tide of violence and suicides, the justice secretary, Michael Gove, has announced.
Gove described the most recent suicide figures – more than 100 in the past 12 months – and increasing number of assaults and disorder in jails as “terrible” and cause for “considerable personal concern”. - http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/24/prisons-urgent-funds-tackle-suicide-disorder
The extra £10m is to be made immediately available to prison governors for extra prison staff; more training, including on suicide awareness; additional equipment, including body cameras and CCTV; and on additional drug testing, including for legal highs.
“I am well aware that the most recent figures for deaths in custody and violence in prisons, which the [Commons justice select] committee’s report highlights, are terrible,” he said in a letter to the committee published on Tuesday.

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