Record 71 prisoners freed by mistake as violence in jails hits new high
Dozens of prisoners have been released by mistake as violence in jails surged to a new high, official figures reveal.
Seventy-one convicted criminals or suspects were erroneously freed in 2016/17 - a rise of seven on the previous year and the highest number since current records started a decade ago.
It means inmates were let out due to blunders at a rate of more than one a week.
A raft of statistics released on Thursday by the Ministry of Justice also revealed another jump in assaults across theprisons estate in England and Wales.
There were 26,643 assaults in the year to March, including... read more
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