Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter commenting on the Chief Inspector’s report, said:
“Once again we have another shocking report that has blown the lid off the crisis in our prisons.
“This shows that Wormwood Scrubs is not a safe place to be in and does little to rehabilitate prisoners.
“Clearly this is not only bad for the inmates themselves but for the whole of society because they are put back on the streets without the means or attitude to reform or improve their lives."
HMP Wormwood Scrubs
Amongst the catalogue of faults found by the Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick and his team were
The prisons has declined significantly in almost every aspect.
- Wormwood Scrubs was not safe enough.
- 22% of prisoner felt unsafe at the time of the inspection.
- Over a third reported victimisation by staff.
- 5 suicides at the prison in 2013 alone.
- Almost half of prisoners surveyed said they had felt unsafe at some point during their time in the prison.
- Only one in 10 prisoners said that they had been helped to prepare for release. During the previous three months, more than one-fifth of prisoners had been released without a suitable address.
- Many prisoners received only two hours out of their cells each day. More than 40 per cent of prisoners were locked up during the working day with nothing to do. There were too few activity places – sufficient for only half the population – and administrative failures meant that many prisoners attending learning and skills activities were not paid for long periods.
- Over the same period, the prison population increased by 8 per cent – from 1,170 to 1,258.
- Library use and gym use in decline.
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