Local MP Jo Swinson paid a visit to HMP Low Moss to hear the concerns of prison staff.
Jo met with the local chairman of the Prison Officers Association Samuel Barton and with HMP Deputy Govenor Stephen Murphy to discuss how they try and provide a safe working environment despite occasional incidents when staff members have been assaulted physically and mentally. Jo watched a training demonstration of how aggressive prisoners can be safely restrained.
They also toured the work areas where prisoners learn skills to equip them for a life without crime, and the visiting areas where Low Moss has been innovative in its programme for supporting families, especially children.
Commenting Jo Swinson said:
“Prison officers perform a difficult and important job prison managing the prison population.
“The health and well-being of these front line workers is vital and the most important thing is to make sure there is support for prison officers to deal with these sorts of incidents.
“It is positive to see the programmes Low Moss has in place to support family relationships, especially for children. Homework clubs and bookbugs reading groups promote the important of literacy and education which are so important to prevent future offending.