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HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke has questioned whether the Prison Service’s ‘special measures’ will be sufficient to address serious problems at HMP Bedford after inspectors found very high violence and inexperienced staff struggling to maintain control.

HMYOI Deerbolt – a young offender institution (YOI) and category C adult training prison in County Durham – was found by inspectors to be ‘reasonably good’ in terms of safety and respectful treatment for the 400 young men held there.

HMP & YOI Styal women’s resettlement prison in Cheshire continued to provide a safe and decent environment which emphasised aspiration and hope for those it held, inspectors found.

HMP High Down, a local category B prison in Banstead, Surrey, held 1,130 men from 55 different countries when it was inspected in May 2018. Four hundred of those men were held in overcrowded cells designed for one and 536 of them were unemployed.

Care for people, including families and children, being held in two separate immigration removal detention facilities at Tinsley House, near Gatwick, has been commended by inspectors.

Derbyshire Constabulary custody was not delivered to the standards required or expected in many important areas, with little improvement over the last five years and some poor outcomes for detainees, according to criminal justice inspectors.

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons has called on the Justice Secretary to launch an urgent and independent enquiry to understand how the privately run HMP Birmingham, one of Britain’s biggest jails, has “slipped into crisis” in only 18 months.

HMP Hull, an inner-city local jail in East Yorkshire holding more than 1,000 men in a mix of modern and Victorian-era accommodation, was found to be “reasonably good” in a range of key aspects of prison life.

Wetherby – a young offender institution in Yorkshire with 231 boys aged between 15 and 18, including 40 in the specialist Keppel unit for the most vulnerable and challenging young people in the national detention system – was found by inspectors to have made “very real progress” in the last year.

Inspectors concerned about excessive use of waist restraint belts on an immigration removal charter flight in January 2018 found that escort practice on a flight two months later to France and Bulgaria had improved but was “still poor.”