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HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire, which holds some of the country’s most dangerous and serious offenders in its population of 510 men, was found by inspectors in January 2018 to be a stable and well-controlled prison.

Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, has asked whether prisoners in HMP & YOI Nottingham took their own lives because they could no longer face life in the violent, drug-ridden jail.

Immigration removal escort staff used “excessive” restraint on detainees who were flown out of the UK to several EU countries, according to an inspection by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) of one charter flight removal.

HMYOI Feltham A in west London had become significantly safer in the last year, inspectors found.

Uncertainty over the future of HMP Hindley, which was earmarked for closure but then kept open, had undermined efforts to improve treatment and conditions for prisoners, according to a report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons.

The prison service system for holding its most disruptive and dangerous men in highly restrictive custody was run with a focus on giving even the most difficult prisoners some hope of progress, prison inspectors found.

HMP Humber, a training prison holding 1,000 men, faced major challenges in supporting many among its young population with mental health problems and in maintaining security in its large rural site, prison inspectors found.

HMP Spring Hill, an open prison in Buckinghamshire holding more than 300 men nearing the end of long sentences, had identified an increase in absconds by indeterminate-sentenced prisoners (ISPs), according to an HM Inspectorate of Prisons report.

HMYOI Brinsford avoided massive increases in violence seen in many other jails but must address a ‘dreadful’ rise in self-harm by young adult prisoners and change a regime in which they are locked in cells for long periods of the day, according to prison inspectors.

HMP Leeds, a large and “severely overcrowded” inner-city Victorian prison, was assessed by prison inspectors, for the second consecutive inspection, as unsafe with high levels of violence, according to a new report on the West Yorkshire jail.