The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for HMP Moorland has published its annual report for 2018-19. The report welcomes the improvements in a number of significant areas:
- the reduction in access to new psychoactive substances (NPS) and mobile phones brought about by improvements in security and buildings, funded by the ministerial ‘10 Prisons Project’ launched in 2018;
- a fully staffed key worker scheme which provides every prisoner with time to discuss specific issues with a named officer;
- an increase in mental health staffing allowing seven-day cover; and
- maintenance of family relationships using in-cell phones, family days, refurbished visits and crèche facilities and specialist PACT (a prisoner and family support charity) workers.
The Chair of Moorland Independent Monitoring Board, Esther Beeston, said:
“The prisoners have benefited from the employment of additional officers, extra staff training and improved security measures. Over the last year, there have been improvements in many areas and the atmosphere throughout the prison has become calmer.”
However, the Board raises concern about the increase in the incidents of self-harm. The lack of suitable accommodation upon release is highlighted and the Justice Minister is asked to work with ministerial colleagues to address this. The Prison Service is asked to address a number of issues, one of which is the transfer of prisoners’ property between establishments.