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#HMP/YOI Lewes

Independent monitors highlight safety concerns at HMP Lewes

Concerns about safety and the length of time prisoners spend in their cells at HMP Lewes feature prominently in the Independent Monitoring Board’s (IMB) annual report for 2023/24, published today (10 July 2024). The Board notes that prison staff work hard to be able to give prisoners more time for activities such as work and education, but prisoners still spend too long locked in their cells – around 21 hours a day for those not doing purposeful activities. Time out of cell is especially limited at weekends.

Significant increase in self-harm among prisoners at HMP/YOI Lewes

Incidents of self-harm at HMP Lewes rose by nearly 40 percent from 353 to 490 during the 2022-2023 reporting year, says the Independent Monitoring Board in its latest annual report.