HMYOI Werrington – Proof that progress is obtained more by offering the carrot, than waving the stick

HMYOI Werrington, near Stoke-on-Trent, was found by inspectors to be a successful establishment with an “overriding culture” for the 100 boys aged from 15 to 18 of incentive rather than punishment. Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said: “By any standards this was a good inspection (in January 2018) and showed what could be… Continue Reading

HMP LEICESTER – Violence still a problem but clear evidence of improved conditions

 HMP Leicester, one of the oldest prisons in England and Wales, showed commendable signs of improvement in the treatment and conditions for prisoners, despite challenges including continuing high levels of violence, inspectors found. The small and ageing city centre local prison first opened in 1828. It held 308 prisoners at the time of an inspection… Continue Reading

HMP LONG LARTIN, A Fundamentally Capable High-Security Prison says Chief Inspector

HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire, which holds some of the country’s most dangerous and serious offenders in its population of 510 men, was found by inspectors in January 2018 to be a stable and well-controlled prison. The high-security jail, in which a quarter of the men are classed as category A prisoners, the highest classification,… Continue Reading

Did prisoners take their lives because they could no longer face violent, drug-ridden jail? – Chief Inspector

Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, has asked whether prisoners in HMP & YOI Nottingham took their own lives because they could no longer face life in the violent, drug-ridden jail. In one of the most disturbing inspection reports in recent years, Mr Clarke posed the question in relation to eight apparent self-inflicted deaths… Continue Reading

PPO Confirms Concerns Raised By Inspection of HMP Nottingham

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, who investigates deaths and complaints in prisons, echoed the findings of the Chief Inspector of Prisons’ report of an inspection at HMP Nottingham. The Acting PPO, Elizabeth Moody, said: “It is highly troubling that HMP Nottingham has a history of failing to implement recommendations from our investigations into deaths at… Continue Reading

Chief Constable for Devon and Cornwall Police faces prosecution following 2012 death of Thomas Orchard

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today informed the family of Thomas Orchard of its decision to bring a Health and Safety prosecution against the office of the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall police concerning his death in 2012.  A first hearing will take place on 24 May at Westminster Magistrates court. The CPS… Continue Reading

Close Supervision Centres – A very positive report on dangerous offender management

The prison service system for holding its most disruptive and dangerous men in highly restrictive custody was run with a focus on giving even the most difficult prisoners some hope of progress, prison inspectors found – in a report that one prisons expert described as “a really impressive part of the prison estate.” More than… Continue Reading

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

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