News Releases

HMP Hewell, a large men’s local prison in Worcestershire visited by inspectors from HM Inspectorate of Prisons after five months of COVID-19 restrictions, was found to have properly focused on managing risks from the virus and safeguarding the often transient and short-term population.

Published: 15 September 2020

HMP Preston, a local men’s prison in Lancashire, was found by inspectors from HM Inspectorate of Prisons to be severely overcrowded, with most prisoners locked in cells for most of the day and none having been released early in the COVID-19 period.

Published: 15 September 2020

HMP Whitemoor, a category A men’s prison in Cambridgeshire, was found by inspectors in a COVID-19 scrutiny visit to have increased time out of cell for prisoners more successfully than in many other prisons visited during the pandemic.

Published: 08 September 2020

Prisons and immigration removal centres responded decisively to keep prisoners, children and detainees safe from COVID-19, according to Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, in a report on findings from visits to 35 establishments in the early stages of the pandemic.

Published: 19 August 2020

Inspectors from HM Inspectorate of Prisons were concerned that most children in two young offender institutions (YOIs) were still locked up for most of the day after four months of COVID-19 restrictions. They found that local management attempts at HYOI Feltham A and HMYOI Werrington to reintroduce education classes were blocked by the prison service and national staff associations.

Published: 27 July 2020

Inspectors who visited two closed women’s prisons found there was an urgent need to ease severe regime restrictions which had been in place during the COVID-19 emergency, with clearer national guidance. Many prisoners reported deteriorating physical and mental health and some had not seen their children for more than three months.

Published: 17 July 2020

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