Written Question on Prison Officers

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Date Title Questioner
14 Jun 2018, 4:59 p.m. Prison Officers David Hanson


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.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

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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