Prisons: Staffing Levels

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Gordon Henderson Gordon Henderson Conservative, Sittingbourne and Sheppey

I congratulate the Government on their efforts to recruit more prison officers. However, does my hon. and learned Friend accept that cuts earlier this decade contributed to a vicious cycle of prison violence because fewer officers on landings led to more assaults, which caused more staff to leave, leading to more violence and so on? With morale and retention of prison officers at rock bottom, does she accept that more must be done to reward these brave public servants—for instance, by improving and reducing their retirement age to 60 because 68 is far too late?