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Hatfield 2022-23 annual report published

The 2022-23 annual report for HMP/YOI Hatfield is now published.

Elisabeth Davies, National Chair of Independent Monitoring Board comments on HMIPs report on delays in the transfer of mentally unwell prisoners

Prison watchdog calls for more funding for HMP The Verne

The 2022-23 annual report for HMP The Verne is now published

High levels of violence impacting the operation of HMYOI Wetherby

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at Wetherby Young Offenders Institution (YOI) raises a number of concerns in its 2022-23 annual report, most notably regarding the high levels of violence. The number of serious assaults perpetrated against staff or between young people impacts the running of the establishment, resulting in less time out of room and an unpredictable regime, understandably leading to increased feelings of frustration and uncertainty amongst young people.

Mental health crisis forces prisoners into inhumane isolation

Due to a lack of alternative provision, the prison service is too often using segregation as a way of managing and caring for prisoners with severe mental health needs.

HMP Channings Wood – where staff are trying their best, but often it’s not enough

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at HMP Channings Wood highlights in its 2022-23 annual report the detrimental effects of a prison system failing to cope. Despite a committed leadership and hard-working staff, failing infrastructure and a rising prison population hampers the provision of safe and decent conditions for prisoners and the prison’s ability to perform its function as a training and resettlement prison, preparing prisoners for release.

HMP Hewell makes progress despite systemic failures

The latest annual report from the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at HMP Hewell highlights the same key concerns as last year, evidencing little commitment from ministers to tackle systemic issues such as overcrowding or poor mental health provision. An over-reliance on short custodial sentences, and lengthy periods on remand due to failures of the court system, have continued to impact the prison's ability to provide rehabilitative activities, or necessary resettlement services, to reduce chances of reoffending and keep communities safe.

Bure 2022-23 annual report published

The 2022-23 annual report for HMP Bure is now published.

Uncertain future for women released from HMP/YOI Bronzefield

For women leaving HMP/YOI Bronzefield the lack of safe and sustainable accommodation post release has been a serious concern for a number of years.  The transition from imprisonment to normal life already poses a significant challenge for many women, a lack of housing options not only puts these women at risk of homelessness, but also raises concerns about their well-being and future prospects. 

Swansea 2021-22 annual report published

The 2021-22 annual report for HMP Swansea is now published.