IMB reports HMP Altcourse noticeably safer since recruitment of additional staff and decrease in levels of violence at the establishment.
However, the Board reports continued concern with respect to a small number of detainees with complex mental health issues who are held in the Care Segregation Unit for long periods at a line, some waiting assessment for transfer. The Board reports that these prisoners are “challenging and volatile and cause a disproportionate amount of disruption both for staff and other prisoners.” (Executive Summary, p4)
The Board also reports:
- The illicit use of new psychoactive drugs has also decreased but it is crucial that this positive progress is maintained in the advent of the prison becoming smoke free.
- That a greater emphasis is being placed on early days in custody when prisoners are most vulnerable.
- Growing concerns about healthcare provision in the prison due to the high turnover of nursing staff and the increased reliance on locum doctors, both impacting on the consistency and continuity of prisoner’s healthcare.
Read the report in full here.