EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Main judgements

1. Overall prisoners are treated fairly, humanely and with decency.

2. The Board remains concerned about those prisoners with severe mental health problems who experience long delays awaiting transfer to secure psychiatric facilities (8.13).

3. A large proportion of prisoners are not prepared well for release. This is owing to a combination of the high churn rate and the impact of on-going high levels of homelessness on discharge (7.11, 11.2, 11.3, 11.4).

4. Rehabilitation and reduction in reoffending is frustrated due to the numbers of short stay prisoners (11.3, 11.4). 5. An efficient process for the inter-prison transfer of prisoner’s property is lacking (7.15).

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