The state of prisons

Fact checks relating to the UK prison services, number of prison officers and budgets

18 February 2020

Justice spending is down 25% since 2010, not 40%

The government did announce a real terms reduction of 40% to the Ministry of Justice but ultimately reduced funding by 25% between 2010/11 and 2019/20.

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Justice spending is down 25% since 2010, not 40%
13 June 2019

Does it cost more to watch TV in hospital than in prison?

It depends on the hospital. Some provide TV for free, others for £8 per day. Prisoners are charged £1 per week to rent an in-cell TV.

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Does it cost more to watch TV in hospital than in prison?
14 September 2018

BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck

Question Time on September 13, 2018 came from the Oxfordshire town of Banbury. Topics covered included the Salisbury poisoning, Brexit, zero hours contracts, and prisons.

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BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck
20 August 2018

What’s happening to HMP Birmingham?

Drugs and violence were cited as major issues in the prison. It had the highest number of assaults out of any prison in England and Wales last year.

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What’s happening to HMP Birmingham?
6 August 2018

Violence and drugs in prison

Prisoner-on-prisoner assaults and attacks on staff are rising.

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Violence and drugs in prison
2 August 2017

The state of prisons in England and Wales

Prisoner numbers, prison staff numbers and levels of violence in English and Welsh jails.

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The state of prisons in England and Wales
13 February 2017

Fewer prison officers in England and Wales

Prison officer numbers have fallen in England and Wales since 2010.

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Fewer prison officers in England and Wales
27 January 2017

Record self-inflicted deaths in prisons

It's correct that the latest figures show a record level of self-inflicted deaths in English and Welsh prisons in 2016.

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Record self-inflicted deaths in prisons
31 August 2016

The number of frontline prison officers is falling

The number of frontline prison officers is falling and has been since 2010, although there were increases in recruitment last year.

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The number of frontline prison officers is falling
8 February 2016

The rising prison population

The prison population was about 45,000 in England and Wales in 1990 and 1991 and is now about 86,000.

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The rising prison population

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