bbc report

The debate around escalating levels of violence, suicide and self-harm in prisons has increasingly focused on staff shortages. 

Latest figures show a new high of 65 assaults in jails every day.

In the year to June, assaults on staff jumped by 43% to 5,954, with 697 of these recorded as serious.

Union leaders warned on Wednesday that prisons were facing bloodbaths unless more staff were recruited and retained.

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