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Police custody provision in Northamptonshire was good overall, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, and Dru Sharpling, HM Inspector of Constabulary, publishing the report of an inspection into custody suites in Northamptonshire. The unannounced inspection was part of a national programme of joint inspections of police custody and covered the four 24-hour custody suites […]

Published: 28 February 2012

HMP Maidstone had many strengths and was undertaking some bold initiatives, but had significant shortcomings which needed to be addressed, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing the report of an announced inspection of the Kent training jail. HMP Maidstone holds almost 600 men, four out of five of whom are sex offenders and […]

Published: 23 February 2012

HMP Manchester provided a great deal of work, training and education for its prisoners, and helped them to resettle back into communities after their sentences, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing the report of an announced inspection of the local jail. He warned, however, that the prison needed to focus on the high […]

Published: 22 February 2012

HMYOI Ashfield had made progress in some important areas despite a significant increase in the population, but some safety issues needed attention, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing the report of a short follow-up inspection of the young offender institution near Bristol. HMYOI Ashfield’s last inspection in May 2010 reported that outcomes for […]

Published: 17 February 2012

HMP The Mount was now a much safer prison than at the time of the last inspection, and staff should be commended, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing the report of an unannounced follow-up inspection of the Hertfordshire training jail. HMP The Mount is a large, sprawling prison, with many of its prisoners […]

Published: 15 February 2012

The second annual report of the UK’s National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) is published today, giving an overview of the state of detention in prisons, police custody, children’s secure accommodation, immigration, military and mental health detention. The NPM is made up of 18 independent bodies and co-ordinated by HM Inspectorate of Prisons. It was established in […]

Published: 08 February 2012

Police custody provision in Hounslow was a mixed picture, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, and Dru Sharpling, HM Inspector of Constabulary, publishing the report of an inspection into custody suites in Hounslow. The unannounced inspection was part of a national programme of joint inspections of police custody and covered the two 24-hour custody […]

Published: 07 February 2012

Police custody provision in Heathrow was generally sound, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, and Dru Sharpling, HM Inspector of Constabulary, publishing the report of an inspection into custody suites in Heathrow. The unannounced inspection was part of a national programme of joint inspections of police custody and covered the 24-hour custody suite at […]

Published: 06 February 2012

Brook House was safer and more settled, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing the report of an unannounced inspection of the removal centre near Gatwick. However, it needed to look at its use of separation, improve access to activities and better prepare detainees for removal or release. Brook House holds over 400 male […]

Published: 31 January 2012

HMP Wealstun delivered reasonably good outcomes for prisoners in most areas, but there were some significant concerns and signs that it was slipping backwards, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing the report of an announced inspection of the West Yorkshire training jail. HMP Wealstun was originally two separate prisons which were brought together […]

Published: 27 January 2012