HMP Usk and HMP & YOI Prescoed – “Still fundamentally successful prisons”

HMP Usk, a small jail specialising in sex offender programmes, and the nearby HMP and YOI Prescoed, an open prison, remained “fundamentally successful” establishments, inspectors found in 2017. The two prisons in south east Wales are distinct establishments three-and-a-half miles apart, but run by the same management team. Usk is a small category C training… Continue Reading

HMP SUDBURY – “We Dont Talk To The Public”

WARNING THE PICTURES LINKED BELOW SHOW GRAPHIC KNIFE INJURIES. By Mark Leech, editor: The Prisons Handbook for England and Wales. The Governor of Sudbury Open Prison refuses to speak with members of the public in general  and the victims of violent crimes in particular whose assailants are locked up in his prison. In May 2014… Continue Reading

“Once again, we found CRCs stretched beyond their capacity”

Inspectors found that staff in Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) did not see offenders often enough while under supervision on two of the most commonly used non-custodial sentences – community orders and suspended sentence orders. This lack of meaningful engagement led to poor decisions in managing breaches of the orders. Though the proportion of community-sentences completed… Continue Reading

Worboys Judicial Review Latest – Court ‘minded to grant permission’

Black-cab rapist John Worboys is appearing in person at the High Court to hear whether the decision to release him will face a legal challenge. He appeared in the dock of Court 5 at the Royal Courts of Justice on Wednesday, after Sir Brian Leveson asked for him to be brought from prison. The judge,… Continue Reading

Inspectorate warns of links to organised crime at Lindholme

Inmates with gang connections are determined to carry on “plying their trade” behind bars, a watchdog has warned. HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) flagged up the impact of holding hundreds of men with links to organised crime in the same establishment. An inspection report found drugs and violence were rife at HMP Lindholme in South Yorkshire.… Continue Reading

PAROLE BOARD: Review ‘A Priority’ After Worboys Case Says New Justice Secretary

The Parole Board followed “the correct procedures” when informing the victims of “black cab rapist” John Worboys of his release. However, Justice Secretary David Gauke told MPs the fact that some of the women learned of the decision from the media meant there was a need to review procedures. Mr Gauke, speaking in the Commons,… Continue Reading

HMYOI Cookham Wood: Violence and self-harm have increased at a youth jail

In the year since the last inspection of HMYOI Cookham Wood in September 2016, when a total of 54 recommendations were made (below), 16 had been implemented by the time of this inspection. An Implementation rate of 30%. Safety: 15 recommendations made, 7 implemented. Respect: 20 recommendations made, 4 implemented. Purposeful Activity: 8 recommendations made, 2 implemented.… Continue Reading

New Police Watchdog Starts Work Today

A major overhaul of the police complaints system in England and Wales begins on Monday with the launch of a new watchdog. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is being replaced by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) as part of a shake-up announced by Theresa May as home secretary. Ministers say the changes… Continue Reading

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