Report says HMP Birmingham 'failing inmates'

Despite making what it calls 'good progress' the Inspectorate of Prisons says HMP Birmingham is still failing its inmates.

Prison inspector: Checks on new inmates must improve at HMP Birmingham

Prison inspectors say HMP Birmingham is still failing its inmates despite making what it calls ' good progress' since 2011.

Nick Hardwick, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, says checks on new inmates at the prison are not as good as they should be, which is leading to drugs getting in to the prison.

Today's report says illegal drug use remains stubbornly high, with 16 people arrested in the last year for trying to smuggle drugs into the jail.

It also says overcrowding remains a problem at the prison which is run by the private firm G4S.

'Much more to do' at HMP Birmingham, says report

HMP Birmingham
HMP Birmingham Credit: PA

Despite making what it calls 'good progress' the Inspectorate of Prisons says HMP Birmingham is still failing its inmates. In 2011 inspectors found the prison had been failing for many years after G4S took it over.

The report says there are still a lot of drugs in the prison and that foreign national prisoners say they are being mistreated. There is also still a lack of education and work places.

But inmates did say they feel safer and that integration was up. They also said the staff-prisoner relationship had improved, while mental care support was very good.

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