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‘More technology in prison will reduce violence’ says city MP (From Maldon and Burnham Standard)

PRISONERS in the city could soon have more access to technology, says the MP.

Vicky Ford, MP, for Chelmsford has backed the plans and said it will help reduce violence at Chelmsford Prison.

Mrs Ford told the Chelmsford and Mid Essex Times that the number of violent assaults rose from 321 to 414 incidents in 2016 of which over 120 were assaults against prison staff.

Mrs Ford, 49, said: “I am pleased to hear that new staff recruitment policies have been successful but it it is also very important to make sure our prison staff are safe. It is good that the prison is taking measures to reduce violence.

“The new computers do not give prisoners internet access like we are used to outside prison.

“This is not giving prisoners access to Facebook or social media. However this will help with education and safety and calm down what is a significantly crowded prison.

“I am looking forward to be visiting the prison at the end of September to see how it is working.”

The prison has been contacted for a comment.

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