BBC: Prison safety ‘deteriorating’ in England and Wales, say MPs

A prison cell door

Prison safety in England and Wales has “deteriorated further” and urgently needs improving as figures show escalating self-harm, violence and disorder, a group of MPs has said.

The number of self-inflicted deaths in prisons rose by 26% – from 79 to 100 – in the 12 months to March, according to a report by the Justice Committee.

Its chairman Bob Neill said prison safety was a matter that “cannot wait”.

Prisons minister Andrew Selous said improvements were being made.

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