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Prison staff shortages: 'Officers sent 200 miles to fill gaps'

Nearly 250 prison officers are being bussed across the country to fill gaps at other jails because staff shortages are so acute this Christmas, according to leaked documents.

Some officers have been asked to travel more than 200 miles on short-term attachments because of the crisis.

Thirty-two officers are being sent to maximum security Woodhill prison, in Milton Keynes, the documents show.

The Ministry of Justice insisted "most prisons are appropriately staffed".

Nick Hopkins reports for BBC Newsnight.

  • 19 Dec 2014
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