News Releases

HM Inspectorate of Prisons has published a report on its second inspection of an escorted overseas removal flight for immigration detainees during the COVID-19 period. A flight from Stansted in the UK on 13 October removed 13 people to Sweden and Romania.

Published: 24 November 2020

Inspectors from HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMI Prisons) found that detainees in criminal court custody facilities in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire were generally treated with respect and empathy.

Published: 19 November 2020

HMP Dartmoor, a training prison in Devon holding around 600 prisoners, was found to be suffering the effects of living under a closure notice for many years, with dilapidated accommodation and insufficient investment in technology to keep drugs out. During the COVID-19 period, most prisoners had only an hour a day out of cells.

Published: 03 November 2020

HMP Gartree, an adult male prison in Leicestershire holding 645 prisoners serving indeterminate and life sentences, was found by inspectors from HM Inspectorate of Prisons to have responded well to the COVID-19 threat, keeping prisoners and staff safe from the virus.

Published: 30 October 2020

There is considerable gap between black and minority ethnic (BME) prisoners and prison staff in their understanding of how ethnicity influences rehabilitation and resettlement, a review by HM Inspectorate of Prisons has found.

Published: 28 October 2020

HMP Bristol, a category B local and resettlement prison, was found by inspectors to have used local initiative to maximise the amount of time prisoners had out of cells during the period of COVID-19 restrictions.

Published: 23 October 2020

Migrants arriving on the Kent coast in small boats were treated respectfully by immigration staff but held for lengthy periods in inadequate short-term facilities, inspectors found. The principal reception facility resembled a rubble-strewn building site.

Published: 23 October 2020

Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, has published his fifth and final annual report, covering full inspections of places of detention in 2019–20 – some positive and some deeply troubling – as well as scrutiny of the enormous impact of COVID-19 in its early stages.

Published: 20 October 2020

HMP Northumberland, a large men’s training prison holding over 1,300 prisoners, was found by HMI Prisons to have responded promptly to the early COVID-19 threat and to have “an air of positivity” in some areas.

Published: 16 October 2020

HMP Swansea was found by HM Inspectorate of Prisons to be a well-led establishment that, despite some weakness, had overall made good progress since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: 06 October 2020