The Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Erlestoke publishes its annual report today.
Within the report the Secretary of State’s attention is drawn to the continued use and smuggling of tobacco, illegal drugs, mobile and smart phones within the prison, all of which lead to bullying and in some cases to prisoners and their families being in fear of their own safety. The number of Indeterminate Sentences for Public Protection (IPP) prisoners who are over tariff with no indication as to when they may be released is reported to continue to cause concern, as it can lead to frustration and poor behaviour. Of concern also is the amount of complaints received from the prisoners about the operation of the Visits system.
The Board also reports on improvements through the appointment of a new Senior Management Team and in the provision of heath care following the appointment in 2016 of new provider Inspire Better Health.