Lewes: Prison inspection findings

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Self-harm, a serious drug problem and worsening violence were just some of the issues found during a recent inspection of Lewes prison.

His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons found many inmates spending just two hours a day outside their cells.

But there was some acknowledgement that improvements had been made under a new governor since the last inspection.

Charlie Taylor, Chief Inspector of Prisons says: "The new Governor of Lewes had made some real improvement since our last visit, but the jail remained trapped in a cycle of staffing shortfalls, boredom, and drugs driving rising violence and self-harm. Too many men were released homeless and inevitably recalled very shortly thereafter. None of this is unique to Lewes; reception prisons up and down the country continue to be on the frontline of the current population crisis, grappling with increasingly transient populations, ageing infrastructure and a lack of activity places for the populations that they are being asked to hold."

 

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