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The John Marriott Annual Lecture 2020

The John Marriott Lecture: Prisons: Time For Real Reform Tuesday 9th June 2020, 6-9pm Central London. An evening sponsored by The Prison Oracle Fed up of dreary ‘oh dear me’ lectures on prisons that challenge nothing and change even less? Fancy confronting real subjects – like earned conjugal visits, email and internet access; the Ministry of Justice’s own research […]

HMP RANBY – “SAFETY REMAINS A SIGNIFICANT CONCERN” SAYS INSPECTORS

Not enough progress had been made at HMP Ranby, said Martin Lomas, Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an announced inspection of the Nottinghamshire training and resettlement prison. HMP Ranby holds just over 1,000 men. The accommodation is arranged in two distinct parts: house blocks 1 to 3 were older […]

HMP ROCHESTER – PROGRESS HAS STALLED SAY INSPECTORS

Progress had stalled at HMP Rochester, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the training prison in Kent. (see also prison officers ignore use of legal highs) HMP Rochester holds around 740 adult and young adult male prisoners on a mix of old and new […]

HMP/YOI HATFIELD – A SAFE, DECENT AND PURPOSEFUL RESETTLEMENT PRISON

HMP/YOI Hatfield had come through change and uncertainty and was now confidently establishing its priorities and showing significant improvement, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the open prison in South Yorkshire. HMP/YOI Hatfield had in recent years been part of the South Yorkshire cluster […]

HMP ASHFIELD – A WELL RUN PRISON

HMP Ashfield was performing well after its change of role, but needed to improve the education it provided for prisoners, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the training prison near Bristol. HMP Ashfield was originally a facility for young people. Its role changed in […]

First 24 hours in prison – Conclusions of the new report out today by HMI Prisons

Today’s report concludes Conclusion 1.55 A prisoner’s reception and first 24 hours in prison is a high-risk time. Prisoners experience reception and their first 24 hours in custody differently, depending on their personal characteristics and previous experience of prison. They may have strong feelings of remorse or shame, concern about family members or be apprehensive […]

HMYOI Feltham A – making real progress

HMYOI Feltham’s work with boys under 18 (the ‘A’ side) had made real improvements, despite some continuing serious safety concerns, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the young offender institution in West London. Staff and managers at Feltham have one of the most difficult […]

HMP Lowdham Grange – Many strengths but safety has deteriorated

HMP Lowdham Grange was doing some good work with the long-term prisoners it held, but it needed to improve safety, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the training prison near Nottingham. HMP Lowdham Grange holds longer-term category B prisoners from across the country. Many […]

HMP Standford Hill: A much improved resettlement prison

MP Standford Hill was well led and had made significant progress, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the open prison on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent. HMP Standford Hill was previously managed as part of a cluster of Isle of Sheppey prisons but while […]

HMP Bullingdon – Progress held back by shortage of staff

HMP Bullingdon had started to improve but needed to do much more, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the local and resettlement prison in Oxfordshire. HMP Bullingdon held about 1,100 adult men and young adults at the time of the inspection. The prison had […]

HMP & YOI New Hall – One of the best women’s prisons

HMP & YOI New Hall was a safe and decent prison and staff should be commended for their work, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the women’s prison in West Yorkshire. HMP & YOI New Hall held around 360 women at the time of […]