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Last year (2015), the outgoing Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick said prisons were in their worst state for 10 years. In this year's report, the new Inspector, Peter Clarke, states that the situation has got even worse. In 2015, there were more than 20,000 assaults - 27% up on the previous year - with six murders in the year to April 2016. Incidents of self-harm rose by a quarter in 2015 to more than 32,000[1]. Nick Hardwick criticised the lack of successful rehabilitation of prisoners: "It is hard to imagine anything less likely to rehabilitate prisoners than days spent mostly lying on their bunks in squalid cells watching daytime TV.’’[2]