Glos Prison Has 'Stood Still'

A report out today says Gloucester prison has 'stood still' despite concerns being raised in the past.

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Report on Gloucester Prison 'not good overall'

Following the publishing of the report on Gloucester Prison which claimed the prison had 'stood still' since an earlier visit Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons said:

Gloucester is one of the older establishments in the prison system, with a poor infrastructure and situated in a cramped inner-city location. Overall this is not a good report, with many issues and concerns we have raised in previous reports still to be addressed. Much needs to be done to raise often basic standards, including investment in the environment and the regime.

– Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons

However, Mr Hardwick went on to say that:

To a great extent a safe place, predicated on the quality of staff-prisoner relationships

– Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons


Report claims Gloucester Prison has 'many problems to address'

The report follows an unannounced inspection in July Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In today's report, Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons said Gloucester Prison has many problems to address.

Inspectors were concerned during their visit in July to find that the environment for vulnerable prisoners at the Category B local prison was poor, and there was evidence that they experienced abuse and intimidation from other prisoners.

Segregated prisoners were not continually supervised, though this was mitigated by low numbers and generally brief stays, while the accommodation was among the poorest in the prison system, and prisoners did not have enough time out of their cells.

There was not enough for prisoners to do and inspectors found well over half of the population locked up during the working day.

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