November 14, 2016

Significant increase in assaults on QLD prison staff

The Brisbane Times reports that the latest figures released by Queensland Corrective Services show assaults on staff have nearly doubled in the past 18 months. 

The number of incidents "of staff being pushed, spat on or assaulted leading to minor medical attention jumped from 73 between January and June 2015 to 133 in the same period this year".

The Liberal National Party opposition blamed the results on overcrowding.

"Having cells packed with prisoners is going to make an already potential volatile situation much worse," LNP corrective services spokesman Tim Mander told The Sunday Mail.

This trend is not unique to Australia. 

The latest UK Ministry of Justice (MoJ) statistics show that on average a staff member in prisons in England and Wales was assaulted every 96 minutes in the last quarter of 2014. This number has continued to rise since early 2014.

In 2015, there were 4,963 reported incidents of assaults on Prison Staff in England and Wales, up 36% from 3,640 in 2014, according to the latest Ministry of Justice statistics.