Urgent Notifications

During the inspection of prisons, young offender institutions and secure training centres (the latter with the agreement of Ofsted), HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (HMCIP) may identify significant concerns with regard to the treatment and conditions of those detained. In this eventuality HMCIP will write to the Secretary of State within seven calendar days of the end of the inspection, providing notification of the significant concerns and the reasons for those concerns. The notification will summarise the judgements and identify issues that require improvement. As part of the inspection process the governor of the institution will be briefed concerning our intent. The Secretary of State commits to respond publicly to the concerns raised within 28 calendar days.

HMCIP will publish an urgent notification letter to the Secretary of State, and will place this information in the public domain.

The process is outlined in our protocol with the Ministry of Justice. (347.33 kB)

Urgent Notifications

HMP Nottingham – Urgent Notification (17 January 2018) (377.82 kB)

HMP Exeter – Urgent Notification (30 May 2018) (396.93 kB)

HMP Birmingham – Urgent Notification (16 August 2018) (705.97 kB)

HMP Bedford – Urgent Notification (12 September 2018) (675.54 kB)

Secretary of State’s reply to HMCIP’s letter

HMP Nottingham – Secretary of State’s reply (12 February 2018) (150.94 kB)

HMP Exeter – Secretary of State’s reply (27 June 2018) (110.96 kB)

HMP Birmingham – Secretary of State’s reply (17 September 2018) (271.97 kB)

HMP Bedford – Secretary of State’s reply (9 October 2018) (107.96 kB)

Secretary of State’s Action Plans

HMP Nottingham – Secretary of State’s Action Plan (121.09 kB)

HMP Exeter – Secretary of State’s Action Plan (335.67 kB)

HMP Birmingham – Secretary of State’s Action Plan (378.42 kB)

HMP Bedford – Secretary of State’s Action Plan (301.67 kB)