Thursday, 27 July 2017

Record number of inmates released in error - as prison violence also hits new high

A record number of inmates have been released by mistake and violence in prisons in England and Wales has also hit a new high, Ministry of Justice figures show.
In total, 71 convicted criminals or suspects were mistakenly released in 2016/2017 - a rise of seven from the previous year and the highest number since current records started a decade ago.

In the year to March 2017, there were 26,643 assaults, including a record 7,159 attacks on prison staff - equivalent to 20 a day.

The statistics are the latest to lay bare the scale of the safety crisis in the prison system, including violence, drug use and overcrowding.

They will prompt fresh scrutiny on the jail estate and pile pressure on the Government after several violent incidents.

Justice Secretary David Lidington said the figures "reinforce how crucial it is that we make progress as quickly as possible" on improving safety and security in prisons.

Of the inmates released in error, 58 were freed at prison establishments while 13 were released during escort or at courts.

Examples of errors can include misplaced warrants for imprisonment or remand, recall notices not being acted on, sentence miscalculations or discharging the wrong person on escort.

SKY      News.

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