Urgent Notification

HMP BRISTOL – ‘Get a Grip’ Prisons Inspectorate tells HMPPS

The Prison Service must grip and support HMP Bristol to improve after years of decline and “seemingly intractable failure”, according to Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons. Mr Clarke published a full report on an inspection of HMP Bristol in May and June 2019 which, at the time, identified such serious problems that the […]

Teenagers attack staff ‘for honour’ in Feltham A youth prison

Reported in The Times today 6th August 2019. Inmates are attacking officers as a “mark of honour” at a young offender institution plagued by gang allegiances and rivalries. Staff at Feltham A in west London are also being assaulted by teenagers when they try to stop them attacking each other. Separating gangs has dominated prison […]

URGENT NOTIFICATION: HMYOI Feltham A: Children’s Unit

NEW APPROACH NEEDED AFTER ‘EXTRAORDINARY COLLAPSE IN SAFETY AND CARE’ SAYS CHIEF INSPECTOR HM Chief Inspector of Prisons has called on the Secretary of State for Justice to intervene urgently in Feltham A Young Offender Institution (YOI) after an inspection last week disclosed an “extraordinary” decline in safety, care and activity for the children held […]

HMP BRISTOL – Chief Inspector Issues Urgent Notification

The country’s most senior prison inspector has demanded the Justice Secretary take action over the squalid and dangerous conditions at HMP Bristol – issuing his fifth ever Urgent Notification. Peter Clarke invoked a rarely-used protocol forcing David Gauke to respond publicly after inspectors found high levels of violence, filthy cells and poor training and education. Mr Clarke […]

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 […]

Prisons Inspectorate Issues 4th Urgent Notification About HMP Bedford

Inmates have effectively taken control at a violent, overcrowded and vermin-infested jail, a watchdog report has warned Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke raised the alarm over the potential for a “complete breakdown” in order and discipline at HMP Bedford. Pressing the Government to take urgent action, he said a recent inspection of the prison had […]

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 […]