News Releases

Three men’s local prisons were found to have suppressed transmission of the COVID-19 virus effectively but prisoners were becoming increasingly frustrated after three months of severe regime restrictions.

Published: 10 July 2020

Prisons inspectors were concerned about the impact of prolonged severe regime restrictions in three category C men’s prisons and found that even modest local initiatives to allow more time out of cell were frustrated by national guidelines and the concerns of staff associations.

Published: 03 July 2020

Custody in the cluster of criminal courts in Avon, Somerset and Gloucestershire was found by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMI Prisons) to be delivered professionally and respectfully.

Published: 01 July 2020

Three men’s open prisons were found by HM Inspectorate of Prisons to have taken successful action to protect prisoners from COVID-19 but the continued suspension of release to work in the community was having a negative impact.

Published: 29 June 2020

The first national inspection of UK Border Force-run short-term holding facilities (STHFs) found detainees were often held in very poor conditions that embarrassed local staff trying to deliver respectful detention.

Published: 24 June 2020

Three prisons holding 2,500 men convicted of sexual offences were found by HM Inspectorate of Prisons to have taken swift action, based on clear planning, to manage the COVID-19 pandemic at the start of the lockdown.

Published: 22 June 2020

HMP Holme House, a large men’s prison in Stockton-on-Tees inspected just before the COVID-19 crisis, was assessed by HM Inspectorate of Prisons as delivering outcomes for prisoners that were not sufficiently good across the board.

Published: 17 June 2020

Three men’s prisons in the men’s long-term, high security estate were found by HM Inspectorate of Prisons to have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with a proportionate and well-managed approach.

Published: 15 June 2020

HMP Full Sutton, a high security men’s prison near York holding many prisoners convicted of very serious offences, was found to be performing well, with inspectors from HM Inspectorate of Prisons awarding the highest possible grade for safety.

Published: 11 June 2020

Three women’s prisons visited by the Inspectorate during the COVID-19 emergency were found to have introduced significantly restricted daily regimes to tackle the spread of the virus.

Published: 05 June 2020