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#HMP Hewell

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.

HMP Hewell is making positive progress under challenging circumstances

HMP Hewell is an improving prison that is now safer and cleaner, with more meaningful activity, but population pressures compromise resettlement work, says the Independent Monitoring Board in its 2021-22 annual report released today.