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

Public At Risk Due To Poor Probation Work Says Inspectorate

The public is at greater risk than necessary because of shortcomings at a probation body responsible for supervising thousands of offenders, a report warns. Inspectors found staff assigned to manage low and medium-risk individuals in Gloucestershire were making “heroic efforts” but faced “plainly unreasonable” caseloads. The probation watchdog described the quality of public protection work… 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 Preston: A reasonably good prison – but which could improve still further

HMP Preston was better than many other local jails and could make further progress, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the local jail in Lancashire. Parts of HMP Preston date from the 18th century. It holds just over 800 adult male prisoners, drawn mainly… 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

Nigel Newcomen: Six Years As Prisons Ombudsman – The Wrong Man For The Job?

The past year saw an 11% rise in prison suicides, more deaths from natural causes and eligible complaints up 9%, said Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen. Today he published his sixth and final annual report and warned that these statistics, combined with high levels of violence and incidents of significant disorder, indicate a prison… Continue Reading

Prison Deaths From New Psychoactive Substances Rises To 79 Says Ombudsman

The number of prisoner deaths in which the use of new psychoactive substances (NPS) may have played a part has now risen to at least 79, said Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) Nigel Newcomen. Tonight (11/7/2017) he addressed the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Penal Affairs at the House of Lords. Looking back at his six-year… 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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