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Prisons: Crimes of Violence

Justice written question – answered on 26th June 2014.

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Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson Conservative, South Staffordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many incidents of assault there were against prison staff at HM Prison Oakwood in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14;

(2) how many incidents of assault there were against prison staff at HM Prison Featherstone in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14;

(3) how many incidents of assault against prison staff at HM Prison Brinsford there were (a) in 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14;

(4) how many incidents of assault there were against prison staff within the boundaries of prisons in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

We do not tolerate violence of any kind in prison and take any instance extremely seriously. We are working closely with the police and CPS to develop a new joint approach to report crimes in prison—this includes pushing for prosecutions when our staff are attacked. We are comprehensively reviewing how we manage violence in prisons to introduce further improvements to ensure prisons are safer places for everyone.

The number of assault on staff incidents at each establishment is published annually in the Safety in Custody Statistics bulletin. The latest figures are in Table 3.15 of the Assaults in Prison Custody 2002-13 tables which can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safety-in-custody-statistics-quarterly-update-to-december-2013

Figures for the number of assault on staff incidents in prisons in England and Wales are published in the main Safety in Custody bulletin, also found at the link provided. These national figures are published quarterly with the latest bulletin covering calendar years. The next publication on 31 July 2014 will cover periods April to March.

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