Wormwood Scrubs 'knife-edge'

Wormwood Scrubs prison is on a 'knife-edge', according to prison staff. The prison board's annual report reveals some staff have never 'felt so fearful' with a big jump in staff using force or restraining measures.

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Wormwood Scrubs 'safe regime' amid challenges

Wormwood Scrubs continues to provide an ordered, safe and decent regime, while coping with a number of operational challenges.

I am very conscious of the pressures staff face and we remain absolutely committed to tackling and reducing violence at Wormwood Scrubs and across the prison estate.

Our more efficient national model for running safe and secure prisons is being introduced at Wormwood Scrubs next month.

This will help maximise opportunities for rehabilitation, with more prisoners engaging in full-time work, while staff will be deployed efficiently so a positive regime is routinely and consistently delivered.

– Michael Spurr, Chief Executive Officer of the National Offender Management Service

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