Category Archives: HM Prisons Inspectorate

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

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

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

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

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