SAFETY at a young offenders’ institution in Buckinghamshire is a “major concern” due to escalating violence, warns a report published today.
HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) said there had been a “significant” rise in prisoner violence against both staff and other inmates at Aylesbury young offender institution.
In the six months to April, there were 38 assaults on staff, 133 on prisoners and 77 fights. Of the assaults, 33 were classed as serious, often involving multiple assailants ganging up on a single victim.
HMIP also criticised living conditions, saying many units were in poor condition.
Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke said: “We found a combination of volatile and frustrated young people, too few staff and many who were inexperienced, and prisoners locked up for long periods with no activity and too little sentence progression.”
Prison service chief executive Michael Spurr said extra staff were being redeployed from other establishments.