IMB reports good progress at HMP Dovegate in 2016/17

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at HMP Dovegate, a private prison run by Serco, reports on the positive progress made during 2016/17:

  • assaults, violent incidents and self-harm had significantly reduced from the previous year
  • staffing levels were maintained at maximum
  • the smoking ban was successfully implemented
  • following an inquiry, there had been a review of segregation practices and procedures

However, the Board also noted:

  • the use of new psychoactive substances (NPS) remained too high
  • there was too little purposeful activity, particularly in segregation and healthcare
  • the lack of capacity in secure mental health facilities meant that too many prisoners urgently needing treatment remained at Dovegate

IMB Chair, John Haley, said:–

“The reorganisation under the new Director and senior management has had a positive impact. The prison became more settled during the reporting year and was able to contain incidents when they occurred. During the year, Dovegate did not experience the same problems, in relation to violence, maintenance and staffing levels, as many other prisons.  However, Dovegate is not immune from the challenges faced by other prisons, and since the end of our reporting year, there have been three deaths in custody. The Board will continue to monitor these issues, but we note that there are a number of further initiatives being implemented that make us in the IMB cautiously optimistic for the future of Dovegate.”

 

Read the report in full here.