The Governor of Winchester Prison, David Rogers, has defended the institution from criticism after an announced inspection. In a new report the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick - said while HMP Winchester had deteriorated sharply in recent times, its new leadership was making improvements.
The criticisms included findings that more than 50% of the inmates said they had felt unsafe at some time; and that while the jail had taken action to combat the supply of drugs, a third of inmates said it was easy to obtain drugs, and one in 10 said they had developed a drug problem while in jail.
A new report strongly criticising Winchester Prison has been published. The document states that the jail is seriously overcrowded and that its resources are overstretched. However Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) did acknowledge that a new leadership is making improvements.