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HMP Chelmsford – where inspectors were deeply troubled last year by high levels of drug-fuelled violence and self-harm – has improved in key areas over the last year.

Guys Marsh, a training and resettlement jail in Dorset assessed as ‘out of control’ five years ago, showed substantial improvement in the most recent inspection.

Work to address key failings at HMP Exeter, a troubled prison found last year to suffer high levels of drug-fuelled violence, has lacked urgency, according to HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP).

Treatment and conditions for men in HMP Lewes in Sussex declined over two years while the jail was subject to HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) ‘special measures.’ The failure of special measures suggested a systemic failure within the prison service, according to Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons.

Leaders and staff at HMP Garth, a training prison in Lancashire, were commended for their work to reduce drugs and violence since inspectors found it in 2017 to be one of the most unsafe they had seen.

HMP Swaleside, a training prison on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent holding many men serving long sentences for violent offences, was found by inspectors to have become safer and more respectful over two years.

Inspectors found many positive features in the way the City of London police delivered its custody services, with “a strong culture of care” which addressed the needs of vulnerable detainees.

HMP Bronzefield in Surrey, the largest women’s prison in Europe, was found to have outcomes for the prisoners which were reasonably good or better across HM Inspectorate of Prisons’ healthy prison tests.

HMYOI Cookham Wood, near Rochester, holding 165 boys aged between 15 and 18, was found to be a “largely settled” establishment but one that also struggled to prevent the boys fighting.

Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) in Harmondsworth, west London, close to Heathrow, was found by inspectors to resemble a prison and to have made “uneven progress” in treatment and conditions since it was previously inspected in 2016.