Inmates living in squalid conditions - report

time:2023-06-02 12:59:15 source:CNN (Cable News Network)

A high security prison has been told to make urgent improvements after assaults on staff remained high and inmates were found living in squalid conditions.

The report into Long Lartin in Worcestershire also said the number of inmates self-harming had increased since the last inspection in 2018.

An unannounced inspection by HM Inspectorate of Prisons took place between 5 and 16 December 2022.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said "robust action" was now taking place.

Charlie Taylor, Chief Inspector of Prisons, said while the prison's first priority must be to protect the public by keeping inmates securely within prison walls, the prison had lost its way.

Long Lartin, in Evesham, holds up to 514 adult men, many being some of the most serious offenders in the country.

The visit found rodent infested cells with inmates having to use buckets as toilets, which were then emptied out of the windows because it was taking too long for them to be removed.

Fifteen key concerns were identified, with inspectors saying six should be treated as a priority.

These include:

Other findings included:

Leaders and managers of the prison have now been asked to make a plan which sets out how and when the concerns raised will be resolved.

The Ministry of Justice said extra staff had now been deployed and new body-worn cameras introduced, which together had "led to a 125% increase in the number of prisoners engaged in work and education and cut attacks against staff by 15%".

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