Prisons in ParliamentPosted: March 21, 2016
Up up up Holloway!
Where will Holloway and Pentonville inmates relocate?
What plans are there for the relocation of inmates at Holloway and Pentonville following closure? Lord Kennedy asked.
According to Lord Faulks, the majority of sentenced women will transfer to HM Prison and Young Offender Institution Downview, on the outskirts of Banstead in Surrey, planned to open this spring. Whilst many remand prisoners will move to HM Prison and Young Offender Institution Bronzefield in Ashworth, Middlesex.
No decision has yet been reached for Pentonville’s population.
What impact will the move out of London have for prisoners and their families? Watch out, the Prison Watch UK team are investigating…
Prisoner injury claims doubled last year
The amount paid in compensation claims for injuries whilst in custody, has almost doubled over the last two years, prisons minister Andrew Selous admitted last week.
In spite of the government’s best efforts to cut payouts and legal costs, £0.68m was paid in 2013/14. This rose to £1.2m in 2014/15.
Prison staff sick with stress
The proportion of sick days taken off by prison staff due to stress, has risen consistently each year since 2011. According to MP Mike Penning, 10 per cent of sick days were as a result of stress in 2011, last year this figure rose to 15 per cent.