HMP/YOI Portland

We recently published a report on HMP/YOI Portland.

HMP/YOI Portland is an historic, category C prison located on Portland Bill, Dorset. It was originally built in 1848 and, when inspected in May 2017, housed around 500 adult and young adult male prisoners.

Our report found that safety had deteriorated markedly at the prison since our last inspection in 2014, with very high levels of violence in 2017. Ready supplies of illicit drugs were linked to bullying and violence. 64% of prisoners told inspectors it was easy to get drugs; only one prison had returned a higher figure for this measure in the last year. One in five prisoners said they had developed a drug problem in the prison.

Peter Clarke said:

“There were many good things happening at Portland, but we were left with the clear view that there was a need for effective leadership to take Portland into the future and to shake off many of the vestiges of the past. A new governor was appointed a few weeks before the inspection… The governor and his senior team now have an opportunity to seize the initiative and drive forward the improvements that are badly needed at Portland.

To read the report, click here.