There is a strong focus on education, employment and training, essential for successful resettlement, at HMP Haverigg, and there have been other positive developments, says the Independent Monitoring Board in its annual report published today.
The Board noted that:
- The prison was a settled and calm environment, with very low levels of self-harm and violence and good relationships between prisoners and staff
- Despite vacancies in primary care and mental health teams and an increasing number of prisoners with complex needs, including dementia, the healthcare service was highly regarded
- The offender management unit has been strengthened and is well placed to support prisoners.
However, the Board noted that:
- More than 30% of prisoners are serving indeterminate sentences for public protection, which the Board considers neither fair or humane, noting the recommendations of the parliamentary Justice Committee
- More prisoners could be transferred to Haverigg, to ease pressure on the rest of the prison estate and provide the specialist support, progression and planning needed for successful resettlement.
IMB Haverigg Vice Chair, Lynne Chambers, said
“It is pleasing to report that prisoners feel safe at Haverigg and in the view of the IMB they are treated fairly and humanely by prison staff. The prisoner population is ageing, often with complex physical, psychological and social care needs, which puts pressure on a well-regarded and dedicated healthcare team. The strong focus on training, education and employment provides prisoners with the opportunity to progress towards successful resettlement.”