Charity warns prisons are at breaking point

Prison cell

Prison cell

The number of prison officers in the Yorkshire and the Humber region has been cut by 28 per cent in three years, figures obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform reveal.

Research published by the charity shows that there were 2,364 officer grade staff working in the region’s prisons in September 2013, compared with 3,299 in September 2010.

A drop in officer numbers nationwide has coincided with a deepening prison overcrowding crisis and an alarming rise in the number of self-inflicted deaths in custody.


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