This week the latest prison officer workforce figures were published. There were another 455 prison officers than the previous quarter, although almost one in ten officers are still leaving the service every year.
The reasons for this can be found in the Howard League's new report on the role of the prison officer which is based on interviews with current staff.
The other main issue hitting the news is the continued delay of the new electronic tagging system with GPS capabilities. It won't be ready until 2019 and is already £60 million over budget.
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£60m over budget and delayed until 2019
Mike Nellis' forensic analysis of tagging fiasco
Another 455 increase in last quarter
Research into private prisons
Erwin James interview with X-Factor's Sam Bailey
A safe jail mixing sex offenders and other prisoners
Adrian Gray on Cressida Dick's "teenage thugs"
Solitary confinement in France
Liberty raises concerns
Joint Enterprise campaign has a full agenda
New learning lessons bulletin from Ombudsman
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