HMP Preston: A reasonably good prison – but which could improve still further

HMP Preston was better than many other local jails and could make further progress, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the local jail in Lancashire. Parts of HMP Preston date from the 18th century. It holds just over 800 adult male prisoners, drawn mainly… Continue Reading

HMP Whitemoor: A Generally Safe & Decent High Security Prison But Concerns Over Segregation

HMP Whitemoor was generally safe, with reasonable living conditions and relationships between staff and prisoners had improved, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the high security jail in Cambridgeshire. HMP Whitemoor held 431 men at the time its inspection. All were serving long sentences… Continue Reading

Nigel Newcomen: Six Years As Prisons Ombudsman – The Wrong Man For The Job?

The past year saw an 11% rise in prison suicides, more deaths from natural causes and eligible complaints up 9%, said Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen. Today he published his sixth and final annual report and warned that these statistics, combined with high levels of violence and incidents of significant disorder, indicate a prison… Continue Reading

Prison Deaths From New Psychoactive Substances Rises To 79 Says Ombudsman

The number of prisoner deaths in which the use of new psychoactive substances (NPS) may have played a part has now risen to at least 79, said Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) Nigel Newcomen. Tonight (11/7/2017) he addressed the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Penal Affairs at the House of Lords. Looking back at his six-year… Continue Reading

HMP COLDINGLEY – Disrespectful, decrepit, large drug use, serious violence and buildings unfit for purpose

    Coldingley is a category C training and resettlement prison in Surrey holding just over 500 adult male prisoners. Nearly all the men held were serving long sentences, up to and including life. The prison aimed to provide opportunities for these men to develop their work-based and educational skills, and had a well-founded reputation… Continue Reading

HMP/YOI Feltham – Violence Must Be Tackled

HMP/YOI Feltham was not safe enough, violence had risen and boys and young men spent too long locked in their cells, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. There were, however, many examples of good work by staff, he added. Today he published two reports of unannounced inspections of the West London young offender institution.… Continue Reading

HMP Birmingham – Availability of Drugs Still Affecting Safety

The stability of HMP Birmingham was being adversely affected by the high volume of illicit drugs available, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Prison managers and staff were clearly committed to moving on and making progress after the disturbance last year, he added. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the… Continue Reading

Older Prisoners: 4 Years & 5 Justice Secretary’s After Justice Committee Produced A Report on Older Prisoners – Still No Progress

HM Prison and Probation Service needs a national strategy to address the needs of the increasing numbers of elderly prisoners living – and dying – in jail so that they can be managed and cared for more appropriately, said Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) Nigel Newcomen. Today he published a report on older prisoners. One… Continue Reading

HMP Lincoln – poor response to deaths in custody investigations, high levels of violence and self harm

HMP Lincoln was struggling to hold prisoners safely and in decent conditions, but staff were working to address these challenges, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the local jail. HMP Lincoln is a Victorian prison holding over 600 remand and sentenced adult and young… Continue Reading

Brixton Prison ‘Is Not Safe’ – the second report of unsafe London prisons in two days

HMP Brixton was not safe, and the work, training and education it provided for prisoners needed to improve, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the local London jail – it is the second report of unsafe London prisons in two days HMP Brixton is… Continue Reading

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