The number of prison officers in Full Sutton Prison has increased over the last year, as the establishment tackles rising levels of assault and self-harm.
However, unions have warned of high turnover rates among prison staff, with inexperienced officers facing more violence and drug use among prisoners.
The Government has hired more than 3,000 prison officers since 2016, following a six-year period during which the prison service lost nearly a third of its workforce.
New figures from the Ministry of Justice show there were 35 more officers in Full Sutton Prison in March this year than the previous year, an increase of 7%.
This means there are now 500 prison officers working at the prison.
Glyn Travis, the assistant general secretary of the Prison Officers’ Association, said ”The biggest problem that we see now is that a lot of establishments have more than 50% of staff who have less than two years’ service.
“The attrition rate, for people who leave the service in the first 12 months, is about 16% – that’s a massive increase since 2010, when it was around 2%.”
Justice secretary David Gauke, said 3,111 prison officers were recruited between October 2016 and March 2018, surpassing a government pledge to recruit 2,500 prison officers by the end of this year.