5 February 2019
Andrew Bridgen calls for crimes committed in prison to be taken as seriously as those committed outside

Andrew Bridgen calls on the Secretary of State for Justice to do more to protect prison officers and to ensure the justice system takes crimes committed in prison as seriously as those committed outside in the community.

Prison Officer Safety

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

6. What progress the Government have made on improving the safety of prison officers. [908992]

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (Mr David Gauke)

We do not tolerate violence against our dedicated and hard-working prison officers. We are strengthening frontline officer numbers and rolling out the key worker scheme so that we can improve prisoner-staff relationships and tackle the causes of violence. We are giving officers the tools they need, like body-worn cameras and PAVA spray, to respond where incidents occur.

Andrew Bridgen

I thank the Secretary of State for that answer but, in order to protect prison officers, what measures are the Government taking to ensure that the police and the justice system take crimes committed in prison as seriously as those committed outside in the community?

Mr Gauke

My hon. Friend makes a fair point, and it is important that crimes committed within prisons are taken seriously, just as crimes committed outside prisons are taken seriously. We have taken a number of steps, and I have already alluded to some of the measures we are taking to help prison officers in these circumstances. We also recently changed the law to strengthen sentences against those who commit crimes against prison officers.

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