Government response

Safety in custody statistics: statement from Justice Secretary

The Secretary of State for Justice has responded to today’s safety in custody statistics.

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The Secretary of State for Justice has responded to today’s (26 January 2017) safety in custody statistics.

Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss said:

Since becoming Justice Secretary, I have been clear that the violence, self-harm and deaths in our prisons are too high.

I have taken immediate action to stabilise the estate by tackling the drugs, drones and phones that undermine security. We are also investing £100m annually to boost the frontline by 2,500 officers.

These are long-standing issues that will not be resolved in weeks or months but our wholescale reforms will lay the groundwork to transform our prisons, reduce reoffending and make our communities safer.

Published 26 January 2017