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Chief Inspector of Prisons highlights prison safety in annual report

Chief Inspector of Prisons highlights prison safety in annual report

The main conclusion of Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons, in his annual report is that “prison reform will not succeed unless the violence and prevalence of drugs in jail are addressed and prisoners and unlocked for more of the working day.” The report, published on 18th July, is based on 86 individual inspection reports on prisons, police custody suites, immigration removal centres and other custodial establishments. The report found that three quarters of inspected prisons were deemed ‘poor’ or ‘not sufficiently good’ in the area of safety, and the Chief Inspector raised particular concerns about children and young people in custodial settings. The Chief Inspector said: “In many cases the response to previous recommendations has been unforgivably poor.” 

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