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Prison making "steady but slow progress"

“Liverpool appears to be coping well following some recent restructuring and the realignment of its resources. The prison is well led. There is a competence and realism on the part of the governor and his senior team about the risks they manage and what can be done to affect improvement. There remain gaps and weaknesses in some provision and the prison needs to improve the way it deals with vulnerable prisoners ....... there is a sense of continuing steady, if slow, progress.”

– Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons

"I am pleased that the Chief Inspector has confirmed that Liverpool continues to improve despite a more complex and challenging prisoner population and a 19th century infrastructure.The Governor and his staff deserve real credit for implementing 'new ways of working' and achieving improvements whilst also reducing cost.

– Michael Spurr, CEO, National Offender Management Service

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Prisoners still feel unsafe at Liverpool jail

HMP Liverpool - history of drugs, violence and bullying Credit: PA

A new report into conditions at HMP Liverpool has concluded its making steady but slow progress.

It follows an unannounced inspection which found that too many prisoners still felt unsafe at the jail.

HMP Liverpool has a history of drugs, violence and bullying. Inspectors found that security was well managed and work was being done to reduce violence.

But they said there needs to be improvements in the way vulnerable prisoners are dealt with.