UK : prison violence at 'wholly unacceptable' level, ombudsman finds

An official inquiry has criticised the “wholly unacceptable level of violence” in English and Welsh jails after a record six inmates were killed in 2015-16.

A report by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman into the six homicides also uncovered a 38% rise in the number of assaults involving a blade or other weapon to 4,000.

The proportion of armed prison assaults has doubled from 10% to 20% over the last five years.

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