8:06 am, Tue 23 Apr 2013
Nick Hardwick, the Chief Inspector of Prisons said the performance of HMP Hewell had 'deteriorated sharply' since the last inspection.
"There are significant concerns about HMP Hewell whose performance has deteriorated sharply since our last inspection.
Much of the prison provided an unsafe and degrading environment for staff and prisoners alike.
The prison now needs support and stability to halt and reverse this slide in performance. "
– Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons
8:02 am, Tue 23 Apr 2013
A report into conditions at HMP Hewell in Redditch by the Chief Inspector of Prisons found that its performance had deteriorated sharply since the last inspection.
According to the report, thirty five per cent of prisoners on the closed side and 42% on the open side said it was easy to get drugs in the prison.
And 17% on the closed side and 36% on the open side said it was easy to get alcohol.
The inspectors said the figures were much higher than they see in comparable prisons.
6:30 am, Tue 23 Apr 2013
Hewell prison in Redditch has been heavily criticised in a damning report, claiming the environment is dangerous, dirty and drug-ridden.
The report, carried out by the Chief Inspector of Prisons, claims drugs and alcohol are more readily available than cleaning materials.