Assaults on prison staff at record high : Britain
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.