Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Prison officers are staging an unexpected strike today to protest against the levels of violence they face on a daily basis. The Chief Inspector of Prisons disclosed that three in 10 inmates were on drugs, which were openly taken and trafficked at the time of the visit, as it emerged that “fearful” staff have taken to locking themselves in their own offices… Prisons in England and Wales have come under renewed scrutiny this in recent weeks, after it was announced that HMP Birmingham is becoming the first privately-run prison to be taken over by the Government. The Victorian prison, which was being run by G4S, will be run by the Government for up to 12 months with a new management team installed.