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The Justice Secretary, Elizabeth Truss MP, unveiled the new Prison and Courts Bill in February 2017 seeking to overhaul the justice system.

UK jails have seen 17 successful prison escapes in the ten years to 2014/15, a number that could rise with the current instability after recent riots. The recent high profile escapes at HMP Pentonville (pictured) in November 2016 are a timely example of the worsening situation, one fencing product manufacturer says. One of the key aims of the Prison and Courts Bill is to improve the security of prisons.

Cris Francis, Head of Commercial Sales at Jacksons Fencing says: “In light of the recent break outs at HMP Pentonville, adequately securing prison perimeters must be of utmost importance, in conjunction with the other measures to tackle issues afflicting UK prisons.

“High security perimeter solutions such as fences and gates must provide enhanced protection in order to give security personnel the time to mount an appropriate response. Jacksons Fencing is the only manufacturer with products with an SR5 rating from the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LCPB). The accreditation confirms that relevant products have been tested to withstand a determined attempt at forced entry using 18 volt cordless tools, powered disc cutters, a reciprocating saw as well as tools used in testing SR1, SR2 and SR3 products.”


For background on the Prison and Courts Bill visit At its unveiling, Elizabeth Truss said: “I want our prisons to be places of discipline, hard work and self-improvement, where staff are empowered to get people off drugs, improve their English and maths and get a job on release.”


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