Further decline in conditions and inadequate facilities at HMP Ford of concern to IMB

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at HMP Ford is very concerned by the deteriorating state of accommodation, which is having a detrimental impact on many aspects of prison life including personal hygiene and purposeful activity.

In its annual report for the period 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018, the Ford IMB notes that:

  • there are unacceptably long delays for maintenance repairs. It took 9 months to repair a broken lift, leading to disabled residents having to climb the stairs in a seated position;
  • inadequate facilities are of considerable concern. The lack of washing up facilities in the kitchens on A wing forced prisoners to use wash hand-basins in the toilet areas; not an acceptable standard of personal or food hygiene; and
  • more could be done to ensure that prisoners receive the support they need to prepare for release and to resettle in the community. The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) is responsible for helping prisoners to find accommodation, manage their finances and provide on-going support on release; however  the lack of co-ordination between the CRC and the prison means that not all eligible individuals have access to this essential support.

However, the Board is pleased to report that there have been a number of very positive initiatives to prepare prisoners for resettlement. This has led to an increase in the number of individuals leaving HMP Ford with employment.

The Chair at IMB Ford, said:

For the tenth consecutive year HMP Ford’s Independent Monitoring Board criticises the very poor condition of the accommodation at HMP Ford.  We wonder how much longer it will be until the Minister of State for Justice takes action to ensure that the prisoners at HMP Ford live in decent conditions.’

Read the report in full here.