Self-harm and violent attacks hit record high in prisons across England and Wales


Self-harm and violent attacks have hit record levels in prisons across England and Wales as campaigners warn of a “system in crisis”.More than 11,600 prisoners harmed themselves in 2017 – a record high – and the number of separate incidents rose by 11 per cent to 44,600.Self-harm is now being recorded every 12 minutes on average and violent assault at 18-minute intervals, with 23 attacks on staff every day.