In their 2019-20 annual report, published today, independent monitors at HMP Ford raise the following concerns:
- The very restricted regime has led to challenges in safety within the prison due to illegal use of mobile phones, drugs and alcohol.
- Confused Government handling of prisoner furlough entitlement confirmed that the role of open prisons is not fully understood.
The following positives were also noted:
- Prisoners are treated fairly and humanely by the staff who work there. The staff are commended in keeping both prisoners and staff safe from Covid-19.
- For the twelfth consecutive year the Board commented on the poor state of accommodation and welcomes the decision by HM Prison and Probation Service to demolish the billets dating back to pre-1960 and replace with new accommodation.
IMB HMP Ford Chair, Ken Porter, said:
“Prisoners work hard to gain access to an open prison. This year with the Covid-19 lockdown and the loss of release on temporary licence prisoners were not able to gain either employment or work experience, complete education or prepare for family life, all of which are vitally important especially at the end of a long sentence.”