HMP HUMBER – Prison dealing with significant issues including many young prisoners with mental health needs

#prisoninspections HMP Humber, a training prison holding 1,000 men, faced major challenges in supporting many among its young population with mental health problems and in maintaining security in its large rural site, prison inspectors found. Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said there was “evidence of significant need among the comparatively young population. Many prisoners… Continue Reading

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HMP & YOI ROCHESTER – Commendable Progress Despite Disruption From A Rescinded Decision To Close The Prison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

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