HMP/YOI THORN CROSS – A WELL-LED OPEN PRISON

HMP/YOI Thorn Cross was a safe and decent prison with good work, training and education provision for prisoners, and support to help them resettle back into communities, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Managers and staff were to be congratulated, he added. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the open… Continue Reading

HMP WHATTON – SOME EXCELLENT WORK WITH HIGH-RISK OFFENDERS

HMP Whatton had a clear sense of purpose and was doing some excellent work to reduce the risks posed by the prisoners it held, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the training prison in Nottinghamshire. HMP Whatton is a category C prison holding over… Continue Reading

East Sutton Park – An Excellent Women’s Prison

East Sutton Park was very good at helping to rehabilitate prisoners and prepare them for life back in the community, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the women’s open prison in Kent. East Sutton Park is one of only two dedicated women’s open prisons… Continue Reading

Birmingham Prison – ‘The Worst Prison Riot Since Strangeways

Authorities have regained control of one of the country’s biggest jails after trouble described as the worst since the infamous 1990 Strangeways Prison riot. Hundreds of inmates were caught up in disorder after disturbances erupted across four wings of HMP Birmingham, lasting more than 12 hours. Riot squads were deployed to the category B jail… Continue Reading

OLIVIA COLMAN AND BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH AMONG STARS AT BRIXTON PRISON LETTERS READING

Broadchurch actress Olivia Colman wiped tears away as she stood alongside Benedict Cumberbatch while performing at a literary event hosted inside Brixton prison. The British stars joined a string of personalities in reading famous letters to an audience from inside the prison chapel as part of a Letters Live special broadcast to 110 prisons across… Continue Reading

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

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