Man charged over HMP Bristol assault

January 29 2020

A man was due before Bristol Magistrates Court on Monday 13 January in connection with an incident at HMP Bristol on Friday 10 January.
 Daniel Matthews, 27, is charged with two counts of attempting to commit grievous bodily harm with intent, three counts of assaulting an emergency worker and one of having an offensive weapon in prison. Five prison officers were injured. Four required hospital treatment and have since been discharged.
Sarah Rigby, from the Prison Officers Association (POA), said the prisoner had been transferred from a high-security jail. HMP Bristol in Horfield is a category B prison where most prisoners stay for fewer than 12 months.
Reports of overcrowding revealed in the Ministry of Justice’s latest Prison Population bulletin add to more bad news for HM Prison Bristol. Bristol Prison finds itself in the bottom 14% of national prisons, earning the lowest rating "performance is of serious concern" and is one of only five prisons currently subject to an Urgent Notification from the HMIP.
Liberal Democrat Bristol West Spokesperson James Cox said: "Bristol Prison has long been in crisis. Overstretched staff simply can’t cope. That means prisoners aren’t being rehabilitated, resulting in high re-offending rates and more victims of crime.
"If the Government is serious about cutting crime and making our communities safe, they must end the pointless short prison sentences that cause overcrowding and actually make people more likely to reoffend.”