HMP Dovegate – settled, well-run and safer

  HMP Dovegate, near Uttoxeter in Staffordshire, was found to have made some notable progress over the last two years, becoming a safer prison. Inspectors visited the training and local parts of the prison in September and October 2019. Its specialist therapeutic centre is inspected separately. Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said: “In […]

A prisoner has died after his throat was slashed inside HMP Thameside.

A prisoner has died after his throat was slashed inside a privately run jail. The inmate, in his 40s, was attacked at HMP Thameside in Greenwich, south east London, in the early hours of Sunday, Scotland Yard said. He died at the Serco-run facility, which opened in 2012 and holds around 1,200 inmates. A man […]

The Serious Fraud Office has charged two former Serco directors with fraud over a contract with the Ministry of Justice to electronically monitor offenders.

The Serious Fraud Office has charged two former directors with fraud over a contract with the Ministry of Justice to electronically monitor offenders. Nicholas Woods, the former finance director of Serco home affairs, and Simon Marshall, former operations director of field services, have been charged with fraud by false representation and false accounting. Mr Woods […]

Serco returns to growth in the UK for the first time since the Tagging Scandal

Outsourcing giant Serco has finally put its electronic tagging scandal behind it by revealing that revenues from its UK operations have grown for the first time since 2013. Six years ago, revelations that the company had charged the taxpayer to monitor released prisoners who were either dead or still in jail led to an initial […]

Serco launches ‘Vulnerability Prediction Tool’ to reduce risk of prisoner self-harm and suicide

Serco, the international services company and a leading provider of prison services, has developed and successfully deployed a unique and innovative ‘Vulnerability Prediction Tool’ (VPT) across six UK prisons. The new tool predicts prisoners’ vulnerability by recognising departures from normal patterns of behaviour.  This change in behavior and vulnerability is then highlighted to Prison Officers, […]

HMP LOWDHAM GRANGE – A Violent Training Prison with ‘Very Poor’ Work Opportunities

HMP Lowdham Grange, a training prison in Nottinghamshire operated by Serco and holding many men serving very long sentences, had become more violent since it was last inspected three years ago and there had been a “quite marked deterioration in the provision of education, skills and work.” This area of ‘purposeful activity’ was assessed as poor, […]

HMP Thameside – 59% of Recommendations Made by HMIP in 2014 Not Achieved

HMP THAMESIDE OVERVIEW OF INSPECTION SAFETY: Previous recommendations made in 2014 achieved: 50% Initial risk assessment of new prisoners was not always robust, but early days peer support was good and induction was thorough. There was good work to manage violence, and the prison was well ordered. There was a significant level of self-harm but there had been […]

HMP Doncaster – “A very poor prison, safety a major concern” say Inspectors

Safety was a major concern at HMP Doncaster and a lack of staff was contributing to problems, said Martin Lomas, Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the South Yorkshire local jail. HMP Doncaster, which opened in 1994 and is managed by Serco, holds just over 1,000 […]

Prison officer admits misconduct in public office

A former prison officer who leaked stories to the Sun about a Serco-run immigration centre in west London has pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office. While working as a prisoner custody officer, Mark Blake, 42, from Slough, was paid nearly £8,000 for tips about the Colnbrook secure immigration removal centre in Hillingdon which […]

Yarls Wood: “A Place of National Concern”

Controversial Immigration detention centre Yarl’s Wood has been labelled a “place of national concern” after a scathing report revealed conditions have deteriorated. Inspectors found dozens of pregnant women have been held at the facility in Bedfordshire against Government policy, while some are being held for more than a year because of “unacceptable” delays in processing […]

Yarls Wood high self harm

Immigration detainees at the controversial Yarl’s Wood centre have required medical treatment after self-harming on average more than once a week in the last two years, official figures show. The Home Office revealed that in 2014 there were 61 incidents of self-harm which required medical treatment, while in 2013 there were 74. The revelation prompted […]