18 January 2018

HM Inspectorate of Prisons have today issued their first ‘Urgent Notification’ to the Secretary of State for Justice, demanding that he intervene on the “fundamentally unsafe” Nottingham Prison.

In two years there have been at least eight self-inflicted in HMP Nottingham, four of which took place in the same month. The majority of recent deaths were of men in the first night centre or on induction.
Deborah Coles, Director of INQUEST:
“There has been a total abrogation of responsibility at all levels of the prison service and government on the crisis across the prison estate. This goes far deeper than the government focus on staff shortages, drones, drugs and mini phones.
HMP Nottingham had long been forewarned about systemic failings by inspection and monitoring bodies. Most of the seven men who died in 2017 did so in the very same unit, raising very similar issues. Why was this not stopped in its tracks when problems were so clear and well documented?
That the inspectorate are still finding lamentable dangers and failings in care is reprehensible. This points to INQUEST’s ongoing concern abject failures in the mechanisms of accountability. This is a broken prison within a broken system.”


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