HMIP to Inspect “troubled” prisons

The prison inspectors have announced that they will now be carrying out short inspections of prison where previous full inspections had shown the prison to be performing badly, Prisons subject to the Chief Inspector’s Urgent Notification (UN) protocol will be a priority.

These brief inspections, about 20 a year, are in addition to the usual program of full inspections which will continue as before. The short inspection, known as Independent Reviews of Progress (IRPs), will start immediately. These reports are scheduled to be published a mere 25 days after the end of the visit.

The purpose of the inspections is to provide real evidence of progress, or lack of progress, by the prisons which were judged to be performing badly to the MoJ. The inspector said at their launch:

“IRPs are an important new area of work for us. They are designed to give the Secretary of State an independent assessment of whether prisons we have found to be unsafe or otherwise failing are getting to grips with our key recommendations for improvement. There are many governing teams and staff working hard in very challenging jails and through our IRPs we will work constructively with them to support the improvements we all want to see.”

To read the individual reports on each prison where there has been an IRP follow the links below:

HMP Exeter

On Tuesday 24th March it was announced that all prisons in the UK would go into a "lock down" state, as a result on Covid19.  In simple terms it means that prisoners will be confined to their cells for the vast majority of each day, being unlocked only for meals and very limited exercise periods. All social visits are cancelled with immediate effect.

The prison staff will ensure that medical requirements will be met as per usual but there will be no "association periods" for the prisoners. Undoubtably this will be difficult and stressful for a number of prisoners, but the prison authorities are acting for the greater good of the majority of prisoners and staff.

Any establishment specific queries you may have should be directed to the prisons