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Assaults on prison staff at record high : Britain

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:27 GMT, Jul 28, 2016 |
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There were 5,423 assaults on prison staff in the 12 months to the end of March – a rise of 40% on last year, the Ministry of Justice said.

Self-inflicted deaths in the year to the end of June were up from 82 to 105 – a rise of 28%.

Meanwhile 65 prisoners were released in error in 2015-16 – the highest total for six years.

Overall, the performance of prisons appears to have worsened, with six jails giving “serious concern” – Bristol, Doncaster, Hewell, Isis, Liverpool, Wormwood Scrubs – compared with only three in 2014-15.