Private Prisons

HMP BIRMINGHAM: BANG TO WRITES

“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” […]

Chief prisons inspector demands urgent government action to tackle appalling violence and squalor at HMP Birmingham

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons has called on the Justice Secretary to launch an urgent and independent enquiry to understand how the privately run HMP Birmingham, one of Britain’s biggest jails, has “slipped into crisis” in only 18 months. Inspectors found the prison in “an appalling state” with high violence, widespread bullying, squalid living conditions […]

Private Finance “Could Fund Four More Prisons” Says Minister

Private funding could be used to develop a further four prisons in the Government’s project to provide 10,000 new places for inmates, a justice minister has said. Rory Stewart told MPs a range of funding arrangements is being explored, including private finance, but no decision has been taken. His remarks came after he previously confirmed […]

HMP Forest Bank – A well-led local prison

HMP Forest Bank continues to manage the challenges it faces well and had improved further, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. However, the needs of some marginalised groups of prisoners merited further attention, he added. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the local prison in Greater Manchester. Forest Bank holds […]

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 […]

HMYOI PARC JUVENILE UNIT – SAFE, DECENT AND PURPOSEFUL

The juvenile unit at Parc was working well with the young people it held, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing the report of an unannounced inspection of the young people’s unit at the prison and young offender institution in South Wales. The juvenile unit at Parc is a separate part of the much […]

Serco criticised over Doncaster Prison

A privately-run prison, HMP Doncaster, has been heavily criticised for locking up inmates in cells without electricity or running water for more than two days. The prison, which is run by security giant Serco, is the latest jail to be slammed by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) after inspectors found its “performance was in […]

HMP Dovegate Therapeutic Community – Working Effectively to Reduce The Risk of Reoffending

HMP Dovegate’s Therapeutic Community was doing some good work with prisoners to reduce the risk they posed, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing the report of an unannounced inspection of the facility at the Staffordshire jail. The Dovegate Therapeutic Community (TC) is a distinct institution holding up to 200 men, contained within the […]

G4S Accused Of Shocking Prisoner Abuse

Staff at one of South Africa’s most dangerous prisons, run by British firm G4S, have been accused of “shocking” abuses and of losing control. The South African government has temporarily taken over the running of Mangaung prison from G4S and launched an official investigation. It comes after inmates claimed they had been subjected to electric […]