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Murder Trial: HMP Pentonville. Officers “Did Favours” for Inmates Jury Told

Prison officers at a north London jail would regularly do “favours” for prisoners, including smuggling contraband, the widow of a fatally-stabbed inmate has told a court. New father Jamal Mahmoud, 21, was allegedly attacked by three fellow prisoners in a battle over illicit phones and a knife on G Wing of HMP Pentonville on October… Continue Reading

HMP Portland: 62% of HMIP Previous Recommendations Not Implemented At This Violent & Unsafe Prison

SAFETY: Reception staff were very welcoming, and procedures for new arrivals were appropriate. The first night unit was a decent environment where prisoners felt supported. Too many prisoners felt unsafe and levels of violence were very high. Self-harm was also high and often serious. The establishment’s response to diminished safety was inadequate. The incentives and… Continue Reading

HMYOI Wetherby: Three-Quarters of HMIP Recommendations Not Implemented At This Volatile Institution

OVERVIEW SAFETY:  Many boys arrived too late from court to benefit from a safe introduction to the establishment. There was a shortage of important basic items and boys spent too long locked in sparse cells on Wetherby’s induction unit. Too many boys did not feel safe and some safeguarding practices increased risk. Levels of self-harm… Continue Reading

HMP GRENDON – An Impressive Prison Working With Long Term Inmates

HMP Grendon offered excellent opportunities to the men it held to understand and address their offending behaviour, said Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the training prison in Buckinghamshire. HMP Grendon holds just over 200 men, all of whom are serving long sentences. All… Continue Reading

HMP Thameside – 59% of Recommendations Made by HMIP in 2014 Not Achieved

HMP THAMESIDE OVERVIEW OF INSPECTION SAFETY: Previous recommendations made in 2014 achieved: 50% Initial risk assessment of new prisoners was not always robust, but early days peer support was good and induction was thorough. There was good work to manage violence, and the prison was well ordered. There was a significant level of self-harm but there had been… Continue Reading

NEW: Fire Safety in Prisons: When Theory & Practice Slip Their Handcuffs

Just weeks after the Grenfell Tower disaster in June this year the newly elected Kensington and Chelsea Deputy Council leader, Kim Taylor-Smith, told the BBC that despite being a member of the council’s Housing Scrutiny Committee for over a year, he was unaware of residents repeated warnings about fire safety in the building. It seemed… Continue Reading

HMP Bullingdon – 70% of HMIP Recommendations Made in 2015 Have Not Been Implemented

HMP Bullingdon – a large, complex prison in Oxfordshire – faced significant challenges, including high levels of violence, drugs and gang problems and poor offender management and assessment of post-release risk to the public, according to Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons – but the reality is that this inspection shows 70% of recommendations made… Continue Reading

Public At Risk Due To Poor Probation Work Says Inspectorate

The public is at greater risk than necessary because of shortcomings at a probation body responsible for supervising thousands of offenders, a report warns. Inspectors found staff assigned to manage low and medium-risk individuals in Gloucestershire were making “heroic efforts” but faced “plainly unreasonable” caseloads. The probation watchdog described the quality of public protection work… Continue Reading

HMYOI AYLESBURY: A National Humiliation

VIEW OUR VIDEO BLOG ON THIS REPORT By Mark Leech, Editor of The Prisons Handbook for England and Wales HMYOI Aylesbury had deteriorated further in some areas and safety was a major concern, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the young offender institution in… Continue Reading

HMP Haverigg – Improvements but more to do

HMP Haverigg had a troubled past but was making improvements, and providing good work, training and education for prisoners, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the training prison in Cumbria. HMP Haverigg, when last inspected in 2014, was holding around 650 men. At this… Continue Reading

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