Prison Officers

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 14th June 2018.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Labour, Delyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the staffing ratio of prison officers to prisoners has been in (a) England and (b) Wales in each year since 2010.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Labour, Delyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to improve the staffing ratio between prison officers and prisoners; and what the timescale is for increasing the number of prison officers.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Prison population statistics and workforce statistics are regularly published. These can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/prison-population-figures-2018.

HM Prison and Probation workforce statistics (which contains staffing figures in public sector prisons but not in privately managed prisons) are published quarterly. The latest publication can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/her-majestys-prison-and-probation-service-workforce-quarterly-march-2018. Latest staffing figures for privately managed prisons since 2010 were provided in the reply to the Honourable member for Leeds East for PQ 114727.

Prison officer numbers are at their highest in five years, which is vital to ensuring prisons are safe, secure and decent. We have recruited over 3,000 new prison officers across the country in the last 18 months to improve safety and help turn offenders’ lives around. The recruitment drive will continue until we reach required levels across the prison estate, ensuring prisons can fulfil their purpose - protecting the public, reducing reoffending and crucially, rehabilitating offenders.

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