Bristol prison damning report

Bristol prison has been found to be full of dirty cells and cockroaches in a surprise inspection. The National Offender Management Service says work is already taking place to address the concerns.

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National Offender Management Service statement

At the time of the inspection, Bristol had been through a significant period of restructure and change. This, coupled with the prison's highly transient population, presented a challenging time for the Governor and her staff.

Despite this, it is pleasing to see that good work was taking place in resettlement and offender management and that the needs of prisoners were largely being met. Decisive action has already been taken to build on this work and address concerns raised in the report, particularly in the areas of training and purposeful activity.

The prison and its staff will receive the support necessary to help raise performance and deliver a safe and constructive environment for the prisoners it holds.

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

Bristol Prison found to be dirty with "delinquent" staff

Prison inspectors reported dirty cells with an infestation of cockroaches Credit: ITV News West Country

Bristol prison was found to be full of dirty cells and cockroaches in a surprise inspection.

A report out today (Tuesday) by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons says its inspectors also found what it called "delinquent" staff using derogatory and abusive language.

They even witnessed one prisoner being "punished" by being refused full meals.

The report did find that the jail was doing well at resettling offenders.

The National Offender Management Service says work is already taking place to address the concerns.

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