The Independent Monitoring Board for Nottingham Prison today publishes its Report to the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice for the year to the end of February 2016.
During the year a more stable and sustainable regime has been introduced which has had the effect of increasing attendances at work and education, with more predictable out of cell time for association, etc.
We are pleased that the latest inspection by HM Inspector of Prisons, which took place in early February 2016, concluded that despite still facing significant challenges, tangible progress had been made in areas of concern highlighted in the previous report.
As with many prisons across the country, the Board is increasingly concerned at the availability of so called ‘legal highs’ within the prison, despite significant and sustained efforts in attempting to disrupt and detect the supply. The effects of these substances are frequently unpredictable, and have been the cause of a number of acts of violence against both other prisoners and staff.