Latest crime fact checks
How has the number of prison officers changed under the Conservatives?
The Prime Minister claimed the number of prison officers has increased by 4,000 “over the past few years”.
The number of prison escapes has been falling since the 1990s
We looked into the figures after the PM claimed prison escapes were 10 times higher under the last Labour government.
The number of band 3-5 prison officers increased by 701 in the year to 30 June 2023
Justice secretary Alex Chalk claimed that the number of full-time equivalent band 3-5 prison staff had increased by over 700 “since 30 June 2023”.