PRT comment: HMP Woodhill

14/12/2021 00:01:00

Commenting on the findings of conditions at HMP Woodhill by HM Inspectorate of Prisons today (14 December), Peter Dawson, director of the Prison Reform Trust said:

“This inspection is about a modern prison, well-led and not overcrowded. Yet it is failing for lack of the staff needed to run it. Staff are leaving Woodhill faster than they can recruit. The prisons white paper published last week has a chapter devoted to this problem and a long list of promises to recruit more and retain more officers. But it says nothing about the resources needed to deliver those ambitions. As the chief inspector makes clear, the buck on this issue stops with the government, not prison managers. It’s a pass or fail test for the Deputy Prime Minister.”