Challenging environment at HMP Featherstone

Today sees the release of the Annual Report of the IMB of HMP Featherstone.

The Report covers the period 1st November 2015 to 31st October 2016 and reflects on both the strengths of the prison and the challenges it faces.

In common with many prisons within the estate, the high levels of violence, the presence of drugs and new dangerous substances have led to increased levels of assault on Officers and Prisoners.

The use of technology in the form of mobile telephones and drones present challenges to the Managers and Uniformed Staff at a time when the effects of reduction in officer numbers and the very different prisoner profiles following the change in the status of the prison as a re-settlement prison have all played their part in a challenging environment.

The lack of respect for their environment by some prisoners have led to increased levels of damage to the prison. This coupled with the lack of sufficient financial resources to upgrade the facilities has led to pressures on already stretched human resources.

The prison continues to pursue its aims to improve the lives of prisoners by providing Education and Training courses of a high level. Medical support for prisoners has improved over the year and the introduction of more hot lunchtime meals has been a welcome change.