Loss of senior managers led to UK’s prison crisis

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New figures show exodus of experienced staff, leading to ‘dangerous’ flaws in the service, say campaigners

Hundreds of senior staff and management have left the Prison Service in the past five years without being replaced, new figures reveal, which has led to “dangerous” flaws in the system, according to campaigners.

The exodus of crucial experienced staff has coincided with record levels of assaults, suicides and self-harm in jails in England and Wales and forced the government to take action to increase prison officer numbers after almost a decade of cuts.

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