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HMP Isis IMB Report: A 10% Staff Reduction Sees Staff Assaults Up Over 20% & Prisoner Assaults Up Over 40%

“Many aspects of the “temporary” restricted regime introduced in September 2013 are still in place four and a half years later, despite repeated assurances from respective Ministers that the staffing situation is being addressed.” The Independent Monitoring Board at HMP/YOI Isis today publishes its 2017 Annual Report. The Board’s main message – as it was… Continue Reading

HMYOI Brinsford no increase in violence but a ‘dreadful’ rise in self-harm

HMYOI Brinsford avoided massive increases in violence seen in many other jails but must address a ‘dreadful’ rise in self-harm by young adult prisoners and change a regime in which they are locked in cells for long periods of the day, according to prison inspectors. Brinsford was inspected in November 2017. Inspectors concluded that “boredom… Continue Reading

Prince of Wales Visits Dartmoor Prison

The Prince of Wales watched inmates performing songs from Carmen and Les Miserables during a visit to a prison. Charles was at Dartmoor Prison in Princetown, Devon, to find out about the work of the Prison Choir Project, which is aiming to find a way to reduce reoffending by building self-esteem. The inmates were joined by professional performance artists for… Continue Reading

HMP Leeds, a large and severely overcrowded inner-city Victorian prison, assessed for the second consecutive inspection, as unsafe with high levels of violence

HMP Leeds, a large and “severely overcrowded” inner-city Victorian prison, was assessed by prison inspectors, for the second consecutive inspection, as unsafe with high levels of violence, according to a new report on the West Yorkshire jail. Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, urged HMP Leeds to tackle the causes of the ‘poor’ safety… Continue Reading

HMP & YOI ROCHESTER – Commendable Progress Despite Disruption From A Rescinded Decision To Close The Prison

HMP & YOI Rochester, a training and resettlement prison in Kent holding adult and young adult male prisoners, had shown encouraging progress despite the “significant disruption” of a period in which it was told it would close but was then kept open, according to a report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons. The leadership at Rochester… Continue Reading

Harmondsworth IRC – Holding large numbers of Detainees with mental health problems in ‘prison like’ conditions.

Harmondsworth immigration removal centre (IRC) at Heathrow, holding large numbers of men with mental health problems in prison-like conditions, continued to show “considerable failings” in safety and respect for detainees, according to prison inspectors. Publishing a report on an inspection in September 2017, Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said a 2015 inspection of… Continue Reading

Chair of the UK Torture Prevention Body Calls For Stronger Government Focus on Eradicating Ill-treatment of Detainees

20th February 2018 Following publication of the 8th Annual Report of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), its Chair today urged the UK Government to focus on the prevention of ill treatment in detention by guaranteeing the independence and resources of the NPM. The NPM was established in 2009 by the UK Government to meet its… Continue Reading

HMP Parc Young Persons’ Unit – Chief Inspector welcomes work to reverse recent deterioration in standards

The Young Persons’ Unit at HMP & YOI Parc near Bridgend in South Wales has shown “quite significant improvement’ in key aspects, including safety, in the past year, inspectors found. Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said Parc had often received positive inspection results and he welcomed work by the management to turn around… Continue Reading

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