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Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 2nd February 2021.

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Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

What steps his Department is taking to reduce crime in prisons.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Reducing crime in prisons remains a key priority. HMPPS works closely with law enforcement agencies so that crimes committed in prison are dealt with effectively. We are delivering on our commitment to invest £100m in prison security.

This includes X-ray body scanners that have been installed at 40 prisons across England and Wales. These detect drugs and contraband that fuel crime in prisons, with over 2,300 illegal items observed and prevented from entering our estate.

This investment will also strengthen staff resilience to corruption and target organised criminals who exploit prisons as a lucrative market.

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