05:26, October 26 303 0 theguardian.com

2017-10-26 05:26:03
Violence and self-harm in UK prisons continues to surge

Violence in prisons in England and Wales has continued to surge with assaults and self-harm at record levels, official figures show.

Assaults inside jails increased to a record high of 27,193 incidents in the year to June 2017, Ministry of Justice data reveals.

There were also a record number of assaults on staff, with 7,437 incidents recorded – a rise of a quarter from the previous year.

Over the same period, self-harm in prisons reached a record high of 41,103 incidents, an increase of 12% from the previous 12 months.

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