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Prison Officer Numbers Cut


8:51am 20th October 2014

A charity is warning that a drop in prison officers, including on Portland, is coinciding with an overcrowding crisis and a rise in self-inflicted deaths in custody.

The Howard League for Penal Reform say that Portland has seen a 40% cut in prison officers in the last four years.

The figures look at the number of officers at Portland Young Offenders Institution at The Grove, which has fallen from 200 in August 2010, to 120 in June 2014.

Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, told Wessex FM; "The only solution to this crisis is one that successive governments have ducked. There are many people in custody who have not committed serious or violent offences and it is time for a hard look at who we send to prison and why. We must reduce the prison population."

Wessex FM contacted the Young Offenders Institution at The Grove.  We were told they are not in a position to make a statement.

Overall, in the South West region, officer numbers have been cut from 1,459 to 920 according to The Howard League for Penal Reform who took their figures from the Ministry of Justice statistical releases.

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