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In recent months there have been reports of serious disturbances in a number of prisons across England and Wales.  The Government has published a White Paper Prison Safety and Reform, which acknowledges a recent decline in prison safety.  Steps taken so far include rolling out new tests for psychoactive drugs and increasing staffing levels  Legislation is expected early in 2017.

Background on some of the underlying issues is provided in Library Briefing Paper 7467, Safety in Prisons in England and Wales, 30 November 2016. 

A Debate pack has been published via this page which assembles press and parliamentary material on the subject.

The motion for the debate was not published at the time of writing. 

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