Prisoners released by mistake at record high

A record 71 prisoners were released from jails in England and Wales last year by mistake, figures have shown.Data from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) also showed a rise in violence with 26,643 assaults in the year to March 2017 - 20% more than the previous year.Of these, a record 7,159 were attacks on staff - equivalent to 20 every day.Justice Secretary David Lidington said frontline staff were critical to achieving safety and the number of prison officers recruited was rising.There were 15 escapes from prisons in 2016-17 - up by two on the year before - and the number of prisoners released by mistake rose by seven to 71 - the highest number in any year since current records began in 2006-07.