Prison – Wormwood Scrubs

‘Special Measures’ to be replaced by ‘Prison Performance Support Programme’ (PPSP)

  First to benefit from the the new Prison Performance Support Programme (PPSP) are: HMP’s Wormwood Scrubs Bedford Feltham A Pentonville Bristol Hewell    Two London jails are among  six that have been put into the equivalent of special measures after concerns were raised about rising levels of violence and drugs and plummeting safety levels. […]

HMP Wormwood Scrubs – ‘remarkable’ though fragile progress

HMP Wormwood Scrubs — built in the late nineteenth century and one of the country’s most famous prisons — was found to have made encouraging progress since a very troubling inspection two years ago; something one prisons expert called ‘remarkable’.. In 2017, the west London prison, which holds just over 1,000 men, was assessed as […]

HMP Wormwood Scrubs – iconic jail suffering persistent and intractable failings

Wormwood Scrubs, the iconic West London jail, was found to be suffering from persistent and intractable failings, including high violence, drugs, chronic staff shortages and poor public protection work, according to a report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP). The jail, holding more than 1,200 men, has been inspected three times in the last three-and-a-half […]

Grayling denies prisons crisis

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said it is “unfortunate” the press only cover bad news about prisons and was forced to deny a crisis in the system after a serves of damning reports – causing one expert to say he is playing with words. A series of highly critical reports from Chief Inspector of Prisons […]

Wormwood Scrubs “Filthy” and unsafe

One of the country’s most well-known prisons, in west London, has been heavily criticised by inspectors after it was found to be unsafe, “filthy” in places and under-resourced. HMP Wormwood Scrubs, a Victorian jail, experienced major structural changes in late 2013 which led to a “large tranche of experienced staff” leaving, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of […]