Drake Hall prison committed to preparing women for release

The Independent Monitoring Board’s 2015/16 Annual Report for Her Majesty’s Prison and Young Offender Institution Drake Hall has been submitted to the Minister of Justice.

HMP & YOI Drake Hall is a closed prison for women and is situated in rural Staffordshire, about a mile from the town of Eccleshall and 10 miles from Stafford. The prison has a capacity of 340 and the women are accommodated in 15 houses, each with around 20 rooms. In addition an open unit located outside the main Prison provides an additional 25 places.The establishments main purpose is that of resettlement and preparing women for life following release.

This year’s report is again a positive endorsement of the work undertaken at Drake Hall. The reports purpose is to describe areas of good practice and suggest possible areas for improvement. Overall, the Board continues to believe that Drake Hall provides a safe and secure environment for prisoners where they are treated with humanity and decency. The prison upholds a committed emphasis on preparing the women for release. The report supports the view that Drake Hall embodies the values expected of the women’s estate. Her Majesty’s Inspector of Prisons also visited the Prison in 2016 and their subsequent report provided a positive endorsement of the work being undertaken. A view shared by the monitoring board.