James Whale believes prison officers are clearly no good at their jobs if jails are out of control, but the Prison Officers Association has hit back at this.
Prison officers in 31 jails are to be given a pay rise of up to £5,000 in an attempt to boost staffing levels. This means new starters could receive up to £29,500 a year.
The Assistant General Secretary of the Prison Officers Association, Glyn Travis, told James Whale: “It’s not about being better prison officers, it’s about making sure prison officers are more professionally trained and qualified.
“It’s experienced staff who say prisons are too dangerous and too violent," he added.
James argued that as so many banned items can slip into prison, it must be the prison officers who are "not doing the job right".
But Travis told him, “There’s not sufficient staff to do routine searching, prisoners have got control of our establishments, which is down to the government and the lack of resources – drugs are being shipped in by the use of technology – for example drones are now a daily occurrence."
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