By Mattha Busby
Prison Reform Trust reveals guidance to use spray as last resort was routinely ignored
Ministers have been urged to halt the planned rollout of pepper spray to prison officers after an analysis found it was used inappropriately in more than half of recorded incidents during a pilot scheme.
After the decision to roll out Pava, a synthetic incapacitant pepper spray, was announced in early October, the prison minister Rory Stewart said it would only be used in “exceptional circumstances” to protect staff from threats of serious violence.
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