The Independent Monitoring Board’s 2018/19 Annual Report for Her Majesty’s Prison and Young Offender Institution Drake Hall has been published this week.
The Board – made up of people from the community, appointed by Ministers to ensure that prisoners are treated fairly and humanely – reports that Drake Hall provides an environment for prisoners where they are treated with humanity and decency and staff work hard to ensure that the environment is as safe as possible.
The Board also concludes that the prison is effective in supporting women to lead a productive life on release with an emphasis on rehabilitation and resettlement.
The report provides information about a number of positive initiatives within the prison and takes the view that the prison continues to improve in spite of the difficult environment in which prisons have to operate. However, the Board does remain concerned about the failure of HM Prison and Probation Service at a national level to replace some of the accommodation at Drake Hall, where some of the World War Two era buildings are no longer fit for purpose. Although improvements have been made since the last report, these are not a long-term solution.