prisons inspectorate

Aylesbury: Safer with positive signs but increasing population could put progress at risk

HMYOI Aylesbury, a young offender institution (YOI) holding male prisoners aged between 18 and 20, was found to have become safer and showed some improvement in other areas. However, progress came after Aylesbury – in which nearly all prisoners are serving sentences from four years to life – was placed in prison service ‘special measures’, […]

HMP Highpoint: Safety, Respect and Activity are strengths – but release work remains weaker

HMP Highpoint, a large training and resettlement prison in Suffolk, was found to be safe and respectful with reasonably good provision of work, training and education. However, for the third consecutive inspection, its rehabilitation and release work was assessed as not sufficiently good. Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said this finding was disappointing, […]

HMP Lewes: Renewed sense of purpose and promising improvement found on IRP

Inspectors found a management team tackling many problems at HMP Lewes – a cramped, Victorian prison in East Sussex – when they revisited to assess progress nearly a year after a disturbing full inspection. At the time of the inspection in January 2019, the prison had been in HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) “special […]

HMP/YOI Portland – Still unsafe and a more purposeful regime is urgently needed

HMP/YOI Portland in Dorset was found to have made no improvement in HM Inspectorate of Prisons’ healthy prison tests since its last inspection, with safety again assessed as poor. Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said that inspectors who visited the prison in Dorset in May 2017 had “expressed guarded optimism about the prison’s […]

HMP Liverpool – Dramatic improvement and Chief Inspector hopes progress can be sustained

HMP Liverpool was assessed by inspectors to have improved dramatically in the two years since an inspection in 2017 found an “abject failure” to deliver safe, decent and purposeful treatment and conditions. Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said much still needed to be done at the prison – which serves Merseyside and is […]

HMP/YOI HATFIELD – Remains a well-run prison with good outcomes across the board

HMP/YOI Hatfield, a category D resettlement prison for men near Doncaster in South Yorkshire, was assessed as good, the highest assessment, across all four healthy prison tests for the second consecutive inspection. The prison is split across two sites: a main site, and a further site used for receptions into the prison. At the time […]

HMP Kirklevington Grange – Safe open prison scoring top marks in all healthy prisons tests two inspections in a row

HMP Kirklevington Grange open men’s prison in County Durham was assessed, for the second consecutive inspection, as good across all aspects of prison life. The prison, near Stockton-on-Tees, was last inspected in 2015. Inspectors revisited the jail – holding 283 adult men and young adults, including a significant number serving life or lengthy sentences – […]

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 […]