Birmingham Prison – brought back under permanent MOJ control

Birmingham prison is being brought back in-house permanently after it plunged into crisis under private management. HM Prison and Probation Service took over the jail from G4S in August. The unprecedented move was announced at the same time as Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke published a scathing assessment of the prison, which is one of the largest in the country. […]

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons renews call for an independent inquiry as to how HMP Birmingham descended into appalling, chaotic conditions in just 18 months.

Inmates at one of Britain’s largest jails walked around “like zombies” while high on drugs in scenes likened to a war zone, the Prisons Inspectorate reveals. The Chief Inspector of Prisons also makes renewed calls for an independent inquiry as to how HMP Birmingham descended into appalling, chaotic conditions in just 18 months. Prisoners at […]

Birmingham prison action plan published – as MOJ Reject HMIP Calls For Urgent Inquiry

Ministry of Justice Rejects Calls By Chief Inspector for Inquiry Into Birmingham 200 prisoners already moved out following unprecedented ‘step-in’ 3 Wings to be closed for refurbishment 32 extra experienced prison officers and additional senior staff already in post Cell refurbishment is ongoing and experienced estate managers continue to support urgent improvement to living conditions […]

“Asleep At The Wheel” Says Chief Inspector of Prisons

Mark Leech: “Where the hell was the Ministry of Justice ‘Controller’?” The prisons watchdog has accused the Ministry of Justice of failing to stop one of the country’s largest prisons slipping into crisis. Peter Clarke suggested “somebody must have been asleep at the wheel” for conditions at HMP Birmingham to deteriorate so drastically. Mr Clarke, […]

Birmingham Prison – A Troubled History

HMP Birmingham, one of the country’s largest jails, has seen soaring drug-fuelled violence and serious disorder in recent years. In December 2016, while run by G4S, the category B prison was rocked by the worst outbreak of rioting at an English jail in more than two decades. Inmates caused widespread damage after seizing control of four wings […]


“The first priority of any prison should be to keep those who are held or work there safe, in this regard HMP Birmingham had completely failed.” Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons. By Mark Leech Editor: The Prisons Handbook Two weeks ago when the Gate at Birmingham Prison banged shut behind Peter Clarke, the […]

Ministry of Justice Take Over Control of HMP Birmingham

Staff at one of Britain’s largest prisons were found asleep or locked in offices during an inspection that uncovered “appalling” squalor and violence, a watchdog has said, as it emerged the Government is taking over the privately-run jail. In a scathing critique, Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke warned HMP Birmingham has “slipped into crisis” […]

HMYOI Parc Juvenile Unit – Much good work with children, but some safety concern

There was much to commend at Parc, but they needed to understand why safety had declined and act upon it, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an announced inspection of the young people’s unit at the local prison in South Wales. [previous report] Parc juvenile unit is a […]

Update Statement by G4S on Medway STC

G4S Children’s Services  Update regarding Medway Secure Training Centre Having seen the evidence in the BBC Panorama programme we can confirm that we are taking the following action:  –      Four of the staff suspended on December 30th will have their employment with G4S terminated with immediate effect –       Three other staff identified in the allegations will […]

Seven G4S Officers Suspended at Young Offender Institution After Secret Filming

Seven members of staff at a facility for young offenders run by security group G4S have been suspended amid allegations of abuse and mistreatment of youngsters. Police in Kent are also understood to have been alerted to the claims of “unnecessary use of force and the use of improper language” at Medway Secure Training Centre […]