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HMP Durham, a heavily overcrowded prison, was found by inspectors to have significant problems with drugs and violence and worryingly high levels of self-harm and self-inflicted and drug-related deaths. Durham became a reception prison in 2017. Around 70% of the 900 men in the jail were either on remand or subject to recall and over 70% had been in Durham for less than three months. On average, 118 new prisoners arrived each week. Significant…

Published: 12 February 2019

HMP Onley, a training prison in Warwickshire with 80% of its population from London, was found by inspectors to be “fundamentally unsafe” with high levels of drugs and violence. Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said the prison had been assessed as ‘poor’ for safety – the lowest assessment – at the previous inspection in 2016. When inspectors visited in November 2018, Mr Clarke added, it was “particularly disappointing” to find Onley…

Published: 21 March 2019

HMP Wealstun, a men’s training and resettlement prison in West Yorkshire, presented a contrasting picture of good work undermined by significant weaknesses, particularly the failure to tackle drugs. The prison – which holds 820 men, including many short-stay prisoners and a third under the age of 30 – was last inspected in 2015, when inspectors found it to be good or reasonably good in all four of HM Inspectorate’s healthy prison tests. Peter…

Published: 13 February 2020

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons has questioned whether HMP Lindholme in South Yorkshire is a suitable place to hold high numbers of prisoners with organised crime connections who are determined to “ply their trade” in jail. The prison has a lengthy perimeter and a severe and intractable drugs problem, with high levels of violence. Peter Clarke welcomed improvements in the safety of vulnerable prisoners and those who are ‘self-isolating’ because…

Published: 06 February 2018

HMP Holme House, near Stockton on Tees, had a “very serious” drugs problem, with nearly 60% of prisoners saying it was easy to get hold of drugs, according to a report on an unannounced inspection by HM Inspectorate of Prisons. Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said a quarter of prisoners had acquired a drug problem in the jail, a local prison holding nearly 1,200 adult men. Spice, the synthetic cannabis, was a particular problem….

Published: 05 December 2017

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons has commended HMP Brixton for concerted and successful work to reduce drug use and violence, including a “bold” decision to stop release on temporary licence because this was being used to smuggle drugs in. Peter Clarke said inspectors, who visited the 200-year-old prison in south London in March 2019, found “that with focused leadership, some bold decision-making and a highly committed staff group, much can be…

Published: 02 July 2019

Peterborough men’s prison has much good practice to share with the wider service but was found by inspectors to have become less safe over the last three years because of the ravages of drugs and violence. The jail, holding 800 prisoners and run by Sodexo, is on the same site as a female prison and the two establishments share a management team. Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said there was much to commend in the men’s jail when…

Published: 27 November 2018

HMP Maidstone, holding nearly 600 foreign national prisoners, was found by prison inspectors to be calm and well-ordered but the jail was warned not to be complacent about worrying signs of an increasing drugs problem. Inspectors found that the number of violent incidents and the use of force by staff had increased since the previous inspection but levels were lower than in most similar category C prisons. Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of…

Published: 19 February 2019

HMP Durham, a 19th century prison in the centre of the city, was found to have improved in key areas of safety related to drugs and violence, which were highlighted by a troubling inspection in 2018. Durham, a ‘reception’ prison with more than 100 new prisoners each week and a very high turnover, had been assessed in October 2018 as ‘poor’, the lowest grading, for safety. Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said that in 2018 very high…

Published: 06 August 2019

HMP Durham needed to tackle the availability of drugs, though it had seen some improvements in other areas, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing the report of an announced inspection of the local north east jail. Recent inspections of Durham prison have identified slow progress against a backdrop of some significant concerns, and this inspection found a similar pattern. At the time of this inspection, Durham was one of the…

Published: 17 April 2012