The report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Oakwood (PDF) near Wolverhampton highlights that for the year 2018/19 the Board concluded that prisoners at Oakwood were treated fairly, humanely and, on the whole, prepared well for release.
The Board – consisting of volunteers appointed by ministers to check that prisoners are treated properly – made recommendations to the Prisons Minister in relation to the management, accountability and transfer of property across the prison estate. The loss of property when a prisoner moves from one prison to another can result in distress to prisoners and numerous claims for compensation.
The Board continues to be impressed by the number and work of prisoner-led initiatives within the prison, and by the family support offered to prisoners and their families, which is outstanding. The Board also praised the care that the prison gave to two elderly prisoners who were dying and wished to stay in the prison rather than transfer to a hospice for care.