Another prison riot took place this week and on Thursday Labour called the Government to the Commons to answer our serious concerns.
As a former Prisons Minister I have deep concerns about the way in which our prisons system has been run in the last seven years. Prison officer numbers are at a record low, prisons are in a terrible state of repair and overcrowding has become the norm. Not only that but the number of deaths in prisons has reached an all time high of 345 in 2016. Of the 3 homicides in 2016, 2 occurred in Long Lartin.
I asked the Minister what action the Government is taking to bring an end to this staggeringly high number of murders in one prison alone.