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Suicide Figures ‘A Damning Indictment’ of the State of Prisons Warn MPs

“Mental health figures of prisoners are ’20 years out of date” Appalling levels of suicide and self-harm behind bars are a “damning indictment” of the state of prisons, a Commons committee has warned. In a highly critical assessment, MPs argued there are “deep-rooted failures” in the management of prisoners’ mental well-being. The deteriorating prison estate… Continue Reading

HMP DARTMOOR – Prison with 70% sex offenders: “Shocking Failings in Public Protection” says Chief Inspector

Dartmoor, one of Britain’s oldest jails and home to hundreds of sex offenders, needs help from the prison service to improve “shocking” failings in its work to protect the public from the risk posed by men it releases, according to a report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons. The number of sex offenders had doubled over… Continue Reading

HMP Wormwood Scrubs – iconic jail suffering persistent and intractable failings

Wormwood Scrubs, the iconic West London jail, was found to be suffering from persistent and intractable failings, including high violence, drugs, chronic staff shortages and poor public protection work, according to a report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP). The jail, holding more than 1,200 men, has been inspected three times in the last three-and-a-half… Continue Reading

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons welcomes new ‘Urgent Notification’ agreement with potential to strengthen the impact of inspections in failing jails

Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, has welcomed a new process allowing him to publicly demand urgent action by the Secretary of State for Justice to improve jails with significant problems – a move also welcomed by one of the Inspectorate’s fiercest critics, Mark Leech. Commenting after the Secretary of State for Justice David… Continue Reading

HMP Northumberland’s “many plans” have had no effect on high violence, poor safety & drugs

HMP Northumberland has high levels of violence, with more than a quarter of prisoners feeling unsafe, and severe drugs problems, according to an HM Inspectorate of Prisons report. The prison had suffered six self-inflicted deaths in the last three years but few of the shortcomings identified by investigations into those deaths had been addressed. And… Continue Reading

Approved premises need more effective focus on drug testing and managing the risks of substance abuse, says Ombudsman

  Approved Premise (APs), home to people released from prison or on bail or court orders, need more effective drug testing practices and better staff guidance to identify and address the risks associated with substance misuse, and support individuals, according to a report by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO). Overdoses of opiate and other drugs,… Continue Reading

HMP NORTH SEA CAMP – A Safe Jail Mixing Sex Offenders With Other Prisoners With Little Violence Or Hostility

HMP North Sea Camp, a category D resettlement prison near Boston in Lincolnshire, mixed sex offenders with other prisoners but achieved an atmosphere of peaceful co-existence, according to a report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP). Inspectors found negligible levels of violence and use of force by staff, earning the prison – home to just… Continue Reading

Shocking Official Proof of IMB Cowardice and Acquiescence

By Mark Leech, Editor: The Prisons Handbook / Cell Companion / Converse Read the shocking official proof that the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) must now be completely disbanded and reorganised  The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at HMP Magharberry have agreed to give the Governor 24 hours advance notice of Night Visits to the prison – despite… Continue Reading

Tobacco costs twice as much as Spice

Prisoners can buy the drug known as Spice at half the cost of illicit tobacco behind bars, an inspection report reveals. Inmates at one jail described how the availability of drugs, coupled with a recently imposed smoking ban, had helped fuel a sense of “hopelessness”. Spice – a synthetic substance that mimics the effects of… Continue Reading

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