Progress again, but still some challenges at HMP Rye Hill

In its annual report for the period 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019, The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for HMP Rye Hill, draws attention to the progression the prison has made over the reporting period, but also to some challenges.

The report details many positive aspects including increased measures to improve prisoner and staff relationships and improvements in the healthcare provided.

While the Board considers that the overall treatment prisoners receive is fair and humane. They remain concerned that:

  • The aged population remains a challenge for prison resources.
  • There are long waits to attend the sexual offending programme required to reduce a risk of re-offending, due to a limited number of places available.
  • Men convicted of sexual offences are being release directly from Rye Hill, due to a lack of places in local or open prisons

 

Michael Waring, Chair of the IMB at HM Prison Rye Hill, said:

 

“We are pleased to recognise the progress made, but we also note the ‘bottleneck’ in attending a programme to reduce sexual offending when a prisoner maintains his innocence. There is also a continued problem for the prison in finding spaces in local or open prisons for sex offender prisoners nearing the end of their sentences – a matter outside the control of HMP Rye Hill itself.  However, we will continue to monitor progress towards ensuring a safe and humane environment for all prisoners.”