Erlestoke IMB draws attention to the impact of the reduction in funding

The Annual Report compiled by the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for HMP Erlestoke was published on the 21st July 2016.

The report drew the Secretary of State’s attention to the reduction of funding resulting in effects such as reduction in staffing levels, increased numbers and length of ‘lock downs’, delays in necessary repairs to the infrastructure. This has caused frustration within the prisoners and staff at such lack of resources.

The report also comments on the number of Indeterminate Public Protection (IPP) and Life Sentence Prisoners who are over tariff, and have no date for release. Not only does this cost the tax payer it is highly detrimental to the mental wellbeing of the prisoners concerned, and constitutes an injustice.