IMB Lincoln reports impact of Prison officer vacancies on prisoners during the year

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for HMP Lincoln has sent its Annual Report for the period 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2017 to the Ministry of Justice.

Every prison has an IMB attached to it whose role is to ensure that Prison rules and regulations are properly applied and that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

The Board’s Chair, David Libiszewski says,

“ The year 2016 was another challenging year for HMP Lincoln due to the number of prison officer vacancies, sickness and the consequent impact of the wing lockdowns and a restricted regime for many prisoners during the year. By the end of the reporting period however through improved management there was a reduction in wing lockdowns and more predictability to the regime.

Within the report the Board has identified a number of on-going concerns relating to inadequate or variable standards of care “

Mr Libiszewski added however that the Board is confident that the prison is moving forward in a positive manner.