Response by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons to Justice Select Committee report on HMP Liverpool

Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, welcomed the report and recommendations published by the Justice Select Committee following its hearing on HMP Liverpool.

Mr Clarke particularly welcomed the finding that HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) has failed to respond properly to HM Inspectorate of Prisons’ (HMIP) recommendations to improve safety, conditions and other outcomes for prisoners.

The Committee’s concerns about the failure to deliver on recommendations was, Mr Clarke said, “sadly no more than a continuation of a trend I reported on in my last Annual Report, when for the first time we found that the number of our recommendations that had been implemented fell behind those that were not.”

Mr Clarke welcomed the Committee’s recommendation that independent scrutiny needs to be injected into monitoring the implementation of inspection reports: “It is crucial that the progress in implementing HMIP recommendations is transparent and independently verifiable. The abject failure of too many prisons to take inspection reports seriously must stop.”

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