North London Probation Services – Unacceptable Service Putting Public At Risk Say Inspectors

Probation services in the north of London had deteriorated and work by the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) responsible for managing low and medium-risk offenders was poor. People were more at risk as a result, and this was unacceptable, said Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation. Today she published the report of a recent… Continue Reading

HMP & YOI CARDIFF – ‘A Mixed Picture’ Say Inspectors

Committed staff at HMP & YOI Cardiff had maintained stability in the prison during challenging times, but now needed to focus on longer-term improvement, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the category B local training prison. HMP & YOI Cardiff held around 770 men… Continue Reading

Ex-inmates deliberately getting sent back to jail to sell drugs report reveals

Former inmates are deliberately getting sent back to prison to cash in on lucrative profits on offer for selling drugs previously known as “legal highs”, according to a new report. Prices for the substances can jump 33-fold once they cross into jails – providing prisoners with an incentive to go back behind bars to make money,… Continue Reading

POA Former General Secretary Predicts ‘Severe Disruption’ Ahead for Prisons

The former General Secretary of the Prison Officers Association (POA) has predicted that prison officers are on course for more severe prison protests. Brian Caton, who retired as General Secretary in 2012, told Converse that he believes the membership of his former union will reject the improved offer made by the Ministry of Justice last… Continue Reading

‘Real Fear’ Prison Officers Are About To Reject The MOJ Pay & Conditions Offer

There is a real fear among prison officers leaders that their membership are set to reject the pay and conditions offer made to them this week by the Ministry of Justice, sources have told Converse. The wide-ranging offer, accepted by the Prison Officers’ Association, gives prison officers a reduction in pension age to 65, the… Continue Reading

HMP Hindley: Regime “was one of the worst, and possibly the very worst, that inspectors had ever seen in this type of prison.”

The length of time prisoners were kept locked up each day at HMP Hindley was unjustifiable, and the daily routine was one of the worst inspectors had seen, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the category C prison near Wigan. HMP Hindley was last… Continue Reading

HMP/YOI DRAKE HALL – A Safe, Decent and Purposeful Women’s Prison

HMP/YOI Drake Hall was a safe and respectful prison, with good work, training and education provision on offer and a focus on rehabilitation, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the women’s prison in Staffordshire. HMP/YOI Drake Hall was previously inspected in 2013 when inspectors… Continue Reading

JUSTICE SECRETARY MUST BRING DOWN NUMBER OF PRISONERS SENTENCED FOR PUBLIC PROTECTION STILL IN JAIL YEARS AFTER TARIFF, SAYS CHIEF INSPECTOR

Decisive action must be taken by the Justice Secretary to reduce the number of prisoners with a sentence of imprisonment for public protection (IPP) who are still in prison years after the end of their tariff, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Significant failings in the prison, probation and parole systems have contributed to… Continue Reading

HMP Winchester – some significant progress but safety challenges remain

HMP Winchester continued to make progress but needed to focus on safety and the amount of time prisoners had out of their cell, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an announced inspection of the local prison in Hampshire. HMP Winchester has two parts – a traditional Victorian establishment… Continue Reading

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