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It is more important than ever that prison leaders find ways to develop cultures that support prisoners to behave well. If we want to see less reoffending and fewer victims of crime, prisons must deliver on their purpose to protect the public by working with prisoners to help them prepare for their return to society.

Published: 12 April 2024

This thematic review scrutinises access to mental health care in prisons. In 2022–23, we noted delays in mental health transfers in over three-quarters of our prison inspection reports. 

Published: 06 February 2024

This follow-up report to the 2022 review of reading in prisons finds that, while some progress has been made in meeting the recommendations, improvements in key areas such as screening, assessment, resourcing and strategy development have been too slow.

Published: 30 June 2023

Restricted status children and prisoners held in women’s establishments: A thematic review by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (May 2023)

Published: 23 May 2023

A thematic review of weekends in prison by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (March 2023)

Published: 05 April 2023

This thematic review explores the experiences of prisoners who identify as black men and what can be done to create opportunities for respectful communication and mutual understanding between black prisoners and staff.

Published: 13 December 2022

Short thematic review of the experience of immigration detainees in prisons by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (September 2022)

Published: 13 October 2022

Report on a thematic review of outcomes for girls in custody by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (September 2022)

Published: 21 September 2022

This research was conducted as part of Ofsted and HMI Prisons’ commitment to carry out a year-long review of prison education.

Published: 22 March 2022

This review, produced by HMI Prisons with HMI Probation and HMICFRS, explores how the needs of neurodivergent people are being identified and met within the criminal justice system.

Published: 15 July 2021