Monday, 19 December 2016

'Simmering tensions' could see more rioting in jails


Justice Secretary Liz Truss will face MPs later as prison officers warn of "simmering tensions" that could lead to further violence like that seen at HMP Birmingham. Ms Truss' speech comes as new footage emerges of the disturbance at Birmingham prison, where hundreds of inmates rioted last Friday. In the footage inmates can be seen roaming free in the prison, their faces covered, smashing a safe, setting off a fire extinguisher and shouting greetings to each other. According to reports, Ms Truss was warned two months ago that urgent action was needed to prevent attacks on prison officers in the jail.A report by the prison's independent monitoring board found staff feared they would be targeted by prisoners intoxicated on widely-available psychoactive substances.