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Even Governors are worried about levels of violence

The Prison Governors Association has called on the government to set up an independent public inquiry into the state of prisons in England and Wales. 

It follows what the association describes as an "unprecedented" rise in violence and suicides in prisons. 

The association's members voted unanimously for a public inquiry at the body's annual conference in Derby.

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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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